Build your own animatronic hand using cardboard, straws, some cord, and rubber bands. Pull the cords to actuator fingers -- or even better, let some servo motors do it for you!

CRICKIT is the perfect platform for building your animatronics projects -- it can take commands from your Circuit Playground Express and then power your servos. You can even add lights and sound later if you like.


1 x Circuit Playground Express
Round, Awesome Microcontroller Board
4 x Standard servo
TowerPro SG-5010
1 x Male DC Power adapter
2.1mm plug to screw terminal block

Materials & Supplies

In addition to the parts above, you'll need:

  • Corrugated cardboard from a shipping box or two
  • Drinking straws
  • Cord, yarn, or string
  • Rubber bands


  • Hobby knife or scissors
  • Hot melt glue gun and hot melt glue sticks

This guide was first published on May 23, 2018. It was last updated on 2023-12-05 11:34:22 -0500.

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