Makers Toolbox

Drawing Robot & Proptractor

Look, Ma. It works.

There’s something special about a toy you build yourself—especially when it starts out as just a handful of electrical parts. From the creators of Makers Toolbox come two new DIY kits complete with all the components you need to construct a working Scribbler Robot or Proptractor.

What exactly is a Scribbler Robot? It’s just what it sounds like—a robot that squiggles and scribbles, drawing designs as it moves across a piece of
paper. And then there’s the Proptractor, an aeronautical vehicle that takes flight at your remote-controlled command.

Founded in Brooklyn, New York by Mick Kelly and Sue Williams, Makers Toolbox creates toys-to-be for kids with an interest in learning how things work. In addition to designing and selling these inventive kits, Mick and Sue have delivered robot workshops to over 12,000 young makers in Dublin, Ireland. With the recent opening of ther Red Hook Makerspace in Brooklyn, their workshops are now available here in the United States as well.

The Scribbler Robot and Proptractor kits make a great gift for tweens too old for conventional children’s toys but young enough to get excited and marvel at the power of inventing something with their own two hands.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sue

    Hi! I am Sue and welcome to Makers Toolbox feature on today’s Grommet. I would like to introduce you to Scribbler, an easy-to-assemble cardboard robot that loves to draw and his friend Proptractor, a DIY rolling robot vehicle. All our kits are designed to bring children’s imaginations and artwork to life. These DIY toy kits introduce children to basic assembly and construction, simple circuitry and electronics. They are super fun to make and will come alive to bring eruptions of non-stop giggles. I will be here all day to answer any questions you may have. ;)

  • Joanne
    9/18/2013 1:37 PM

    And then there’s the Proptractor, an aeronautical vehicle that takes flight at your remote-controlled command. Are you saying that this vehicle flies and is controlled by a remote control?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/18/2013 2:24 PM

    Hi Joanne,

    I'm going to let Sue chime in here shortly but it does not fly. You make the remote with the materials in the kit and once you finish it and turn it on, the proptractor kit propels forward.

  • Sue
    Sue – Special Guest
    9/18/2013 3:26 PM


    Hi Joanne,

    The Proptractor is a rolling bot with a double circuit and tethered control panel. It drives like a plane, where the vehicle is pulled forward by propulsion instead of being pushed. When you turn your two switches on it goes forward and when you turn one switch off the vehicle turns.

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