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Robotic Puppet

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

“If you pull the right strings, A puppet will dance any way you desire.” Robots are artificial intelligent machines made to do whatever we wish to. Why not make them do as we want using a traditional approach instead of a technical one. Let’s create a personalized movable jumping jack robotic puppets to play with or Arthur decorate our rooms.


A puppet is a figure that can be moved by a person, usually for a performance of some kind. The figure can be of a person, an animal, an object, or any kind of creature. A robot is a machine that does tasks without the help of a person. So, a robotic puppet together is a puppet looking like a robot which is handled by humans.


  • Different Colors of Cardboard

  • Split Pins

  • Black marker

  • Thread and Needle

  • Glue and Scissors


  1. To make the robot’s body, cut the cardboard into different shapes and sizes such as squares, triangles, circles

  2. Assemble the shapes to create your kind of robotic puppet

  3. Cut out the limbs of the robot

  4. Attach them to the body using split pins

  5. Thread the backside of the limbs loosely to a string

  6. If you want to hang the puppet, attach a string on the head as a hook as well

  7. Jumping Jack Robotic Puppet is ready!!!

Learning Opportunity:

  • Puppets have entertained the world for a long time

  • Puppets were used through the ages for ritual and religious presentations, for education, and for entertainment

  • They appeared in all corners of the world long before human beings could write

  • People who handle puppets are called puppeteers

  • Most have the perception that robots are machines that look and act like people

  • But actually, robots do only what a person has built them to do

  • It is designed to make our work easier and mechanical, to reduce human efforts

Time Required: 15 minutes

Cost: < $5

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