Teacher Gift: StoryBots Cozy

Teachers spend all day trying to make sure the copies come out correctly, all the yogurt tubes are open, and that no one gets left behind on the playground. Why not show teachers how much you care with a StoryBots Coffee Cozy?! The only special things you need are felt and fabric glue. Get cozy and let’s craft!

Supplies:

  • craft felt
  • fabric glue
  • cardboard coffee sleeve
  • scissors
  • optional: paint, coffee cup

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Step 1: Trace the Cozy

Unfold the cozy and place over the felt. Trace the outline, then cut it out.

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Step 2: Fold it up

Fold the cozy into thirds and glue the ends together with the fabric glue.

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Step 3: Make a face

Cut out felt shapes for the eyes, pupils, and eyebrows.

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Ta-daaa! Bing is ready for his morning buzz

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Check out all the StoryBots! We used different colors to create these (mostly) happy faces. These cozies would make a great back-to-school gift for a special elementary teacher, or for cooler fall weather (did someone say pumpkin spice? 🍂 ). Make your own Bang, Bing, Beep, Boop, or Bo, OR make your own new character.

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Share your StoryBots Cozy with us on Instagram…don’t forget to tag @StoryBots!

Cozy up with Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs , now streaming on Netflix.

StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Boats

Boat STEM Challenge

Hoist the anchor, hold the mainstay, and grab a pool noodle! Our last #summerSTEMchallenge is all about buoyancy, and it’s made with materials you probably already have at home!

Challenge: Create a boat and find out how much weight your boat can hold without sinking.

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. Using a craft knife (we used a bread knife!) cut a 1 inch disk off the noodle.

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Step 2: Set the sails

Print out the StoryBots Sails and tape a stick to the back (we used coffee stirrers).

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Step 3: Put it all together

Insert the sail firmly into the noodle.

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Step 4: Experiment time!

Try out your boat in a kiddie pool, the sink, the tub, or a shallow tub. How can you make this project even better?

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Extension Ideas

Try out these extension ideas:

  • How can you change the sail to improve your boat?
  • How many pennies (or other cargo) can your boat hold?
  • Can you add a motor?

Where are you sailing YOUR boat? In the bathtub? The ocean? In your cereal? Let us know and include #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs. You can find even more fun stuff at StoryBots.com!

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

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StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Bots

Noodle STEM Challenge

Team 341B is into learning. Like really into learning. They love it so much it’s their full-time job. For this Summer STEM Challenge, we decided to create some StoryBots who actually move…or dance!

Challenge: Design a battery-powered dancing StoryBot!

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. You’ll need to cut the pool noodle to a smaller size. I cut Bang to about 7 inches tall. You need to make sure it’s tall enough for the toothbrush to fit inside.

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Step 2: Load the motor

In our case, the motor is an electric toothbrush. If possible, pop the top brush part off.

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Step 3: Cut out the eyes

Download and print out our StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge Eyes! Use the same color, or mix it up! It’s your StoryBot, right?! Attach the eyes with tape or glue.

Print Out Eyes StoryBots

Step 4: Insert toothpicks in the bottom

Being very careful with the toothpicks, insert three into the bottom, making a triangle. This will help reduce friction and make your StoryBot a little more mobile! *To make your StoryBot less sharp, try cutting off the pointy tip of each toothpick.

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Step 5: Power UP!

Switch the toothbrush on, then place on a very smooth surface. You StoryBot should wiggle, spin, and even travel a little. What surfaces work best with your StoryBot?


Extension Ideas

There’s many variables you can change:

  • Make your StoryBots really short or super tall!
  • Can you make a track (with walls) that the StoryBot can follow?
  • Attach markers, crayons, paint brushes, or colored pencils to your StoryBot to create a StoryBots Doodle Bot! Place on a piece of paper to create a masterpiece.
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We attached markers to our StoryBot to create a wiggly, squiggly work of art!

What does your StoryBot do? Draw? Spin? Chase the cat? Let’s us know and use the #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs. You can find even more fun stuff at StoryBots.com!

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

Noodle STEM Challenge