January 20, 2015
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon at home, with just me and the kids. B and J were quietly playing together. Even better, the NFL playoffs were on TV. It was looking like I would be able to watch a football game in peace!
So, of course, B uttered these words:
“Hey daddy! Can you make me a robot costume?”
Son of a Bender! Halloween was sooo two months ago. Isn’t it against the law to dress up in costumes after October 31, unless you plan on fighting crime in Gotham or Metropolis?
Now, luckily, my kids are young enough that they still hold me in pretty high regard. This is in spite of me being borderline incompetent at a lot of things (parenting, parallel parking, simple household repairs, blogging, etc…) However, I’m still capable of making stuff from scratch for them sometimes, that they don’t hate on.
Yo, that was a tricky one. Nonetheless, we were able to pull it off – our own, homemade, kid-approved robot costume! Lemme show you how we did it.
First off, you need a phone. Or a laptop. Or a tablet. Basically any device with the internet that lets you Google ‘homemade robot costumes.’ Y’all been warned, though. The results ain’t pretty……..
They’re freakin’ awesome.
Pages and pages of people humblebragging on their blogs and websites about their clever, amazing robot creations. While impressive, it eventually becomes disheartening if you’re a simple-minded homey like yours truly. Shoot, I would never be able to easily replicate any of them!
Side note: don’t worry, dear reader. Here at daddyrealness.com, you won’t catch me bragging about anything. I’m all about honest struggles. No need to toot my own horn. It’s not like I own a lot of dope stuff, either, that you want to hear about. I mean, I have an autographed Ken Griffey Jr picture. It’s probably still valuable. But that’s about it, and it has nothing to do with the topic of this post. Yep. No reason to talk about that.
While trying to find an easy robot online, to make out of material that I actually had in my house, I came across a sweet looking picture of Plex, from Yo Gabba Gabba. This lead to me getting distracted, and looking up old episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba. You know, so I could see who the musical guests were on each one. I don’t know why I did this, man. That’s just where my thought process went. Logically, this evolved into me gettin’ my Wikipedia on, to find out who some of these artists were, and what they’ve done lately.
As I was researching Biz Markie’s career after “Just A Friend”, B came up to me and asked if I could cut some holes out of an old diaper box, for his robot body. I had been so focused on screwing around on the internet, I hadn’t noticed that B had gathered up a bunch odds and ends from around the house, to use for his robot costume! Not gonna lie, I felt relieved, because the pressure was now off of me. I gladly hacked some holes out of the box. B put on his costume pieces, and I slipped the body on him.
The end result? One happy boy.
How about that, eh? You really don’t need the fanciest or most sophisticated stuff, to make something that a little kid will love. Their wide-eyed innocence can turn a combination of boxes, noodle strainers and sunglasses into a pretty cool robot.
Never underestimate the power of a child’s imagination. Sometimes, that’s all you need!