Painting with Hexbugs

Painting with Hexbugs was seriously good fun – such a crazy way to make art! Make sure you check out the video!Painting with Hexbugs - a fun robotic art activity!


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For this art project we used Hexbug Nanos, Washable Watercolor Paint, a shoebox lid and some white cardstock.Painting with Hexbugs - a fun robotic art activity!

If you’re not familiar with Hexbugs, they are little robotic toys that propel themselves forwards in a rather realistic manner! They are battery operated and have lots of little rubber legs, and when switched on they vibrate. Very addictive to watch! Usually they come with their own “habitat” and you can create all kinds of mazes for them. However, I was watching F play with them one day and thought they would be perfect for painting pictures!

I placed the cardstock inside the shoebox lid, dropped on some watercolor paint, switched on the Hexbugs and let them paint! F immediately LOVED the patterns that the bugs made. They are absolutely mesmerizing.


The movement of the Hexbugs is really hard to explain if you’re not familiar with them, so we made a video!

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This activity was so fun we made a LOT of pictures! Here are just some of my favourites:

Painting with Hexbugs - a fun robotic art activity!

Here are some tips for painting with Hexbugs:

  • Fresh batteries in the Hexbug Nanos make for better paintings! We use non brand batteries which work fine and are a lot cheaper!
  • Occasionally the bugs get stuck in the corners of the shoe box lid. They can either be gently nudged out of the corner or I fixed this problem by placing a piece of tape across the corner on the inside of the box to create a more rounded corner.
  • Don’t leave too long a delay between adding paint and adding the Hexbugs – wet paint works best.

Painting with Hexbugs - a fun robotic art activity!
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