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Old 06-02-2013, 09:25 AM
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My wife is teaching the 8 year olds at our church's Vacation Bible School this year. The children usually put together some sort of project during the two weeks of class. Does somebody have an idea of what I could cut out that they could put together and maybe paint? There will be around 10 students.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:12 AM
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Hmmm... 8 year olds.

This may be a little far fetched, but maybe something like this:

http://camheads.org/showthread.php?t...=rocking+horse

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Old 06-02-2013, 12:13 PM
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You might consider a shallow engraving of a simple black and white drawing on some 1/4 or 1/2" birch plywood. This way they could just paint in the detail.

If you do a search on Google images, the key words "jesus children line art" give plenty of examples. Several applications can convert this art to lines and convert out to dxf format.
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How about three or four different bird houses. Kids love that kind of stuff and if you also do assembly instructions it'll give them some experience in reading those. Cut them, pre-drill them and dry fit them. Once you've proven they all aren't too difficult to build, box them up. If you have time, you could maybe do one for each child.

I'm sure others have other ideas but I'm drawing a blank just now.
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As Johnny said children love bird houses - http://www.craftkitsandsupplies.com/...FbGDQgodAGgAHg

Step stool - http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/75038...pmd_google_pla
Wooden tote - http://www.sawdustcityllc.com/wooden...FUpyQgodFk0AgA
Knock down chair - http://2b.b0.7aae.static.theplanet.c...e=childs_chair
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Great ideas here. Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:43 PM
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David, here is a site that has some pretty reasonably priced vectors, and has a decent variety of stuff that looks like it similar to what you are looking for.

http://www.makecnc.com/

They have both router and laser versions as individual plans and also bundles.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:06 PM
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I think some kind of large puzzle would be in order, cut out of .25 mdf. Would be fairly easy and very cheap to come up with a religious them, 10 commandments, praying hands ect, and cut say a 3x3' mdf blank into a theme, then about 30 puzzel pieces or so.
Guess the challenge would be to design it so that they still interlock after the bite of the endmill cuts them out. I've cut out kids puzzles before, but by hand on a scroll saw, which is capable of far finer cuts than CNC. On the other hand, due to its relatively large size, perhaps they would still interlock good enough.
You would then sand and seal the mdf, and the pieces would be ready to paint.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:58 AM
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Doug, design the puzzle pieces and then separate all the pieces and nest them before cutting (this will take a lot more material than the size of your puzzle, but is the only way to 'compensate' for cutter width). Then profile cut them with a slight offset so they won't fit too tightly.
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How about a camel that will eventually be used in the Christmas program?

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