Wind Up Workshop Robots


Who would have thought a company that makes pencils and pens could come up with such a cool robotics kit for all ages! Inside the box are five windup mechanisms, plus various arts and crafts goodies to make a veritable army of whirring and walking mechanical denizens.

You get some pre-cut stiff paper to construct the robot body — these bots are made of squares and cylinders, and you can combine parts to suit your fancy. Add stickers, pushpins, and googly eyes, then mix in a highlight or two from the assortment of colored pens so thoughtfully stashed in the kit.

With enough parts to make five fully autonomous wandering robots, this one’s great for a whole family — cold or rainy day optional. Good for kids 7 and up,
with adult supervision recommended
for younger children.

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Gordon McComb has been building robots since the 1970s and wrote the bestselling Robot Builder’s Bonanza. You can read his plans to take over the world with an army of mind-controlled automatons, along with other musings, at

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