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Old 01-12-2018, 12:50 AM
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Default Project ideas for toddlers

This is really a question on Work we WANT TO Produce.
I've got several friends with infant/toddlers (1-3 years old), and I enjoy making things for them.

Do you guys have any suggestions for good, simple projects? I was thinking of carving the letters of their names and then a negative of the same so the kids could put the letters in the right spot. I thought about carving geometric shapes (triangle, circle, square) and a board to put them into, but I bet I could easily buy the same thing very cheaply.

What projects have you made for kids/grandkids that they've really enjoyed?
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:08 PM
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Look up some of the wood cars, trucks, tractors, graders, excavators, etc that were posted on the Vectric site a while ago (can't remember his name who posted them). I sort of copied a couple of his designs a couple years ago and gave the toys to my nieces and nephews. They still play with them.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:28 PM
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Our two 1 year old grand kids really enjoy rolling around the house. Make them without the inlay and laminated yoke and it would be easy.
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:14 AM
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my wife is a pre school teacher and every year all of her 3 year olds get a name puzzle for Christmas from us. 3/8 mdf and aspire once I set up I can knock out a dozen in a couple of hours. rattle can in gender appropriate colors and wala!
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:32 AM
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3/8 mdf and aspire once I set up I can knock out a dozen in a couple of hours. rattle can in gender appropriate colors and wala!
Joe, That's COOL! Is that just a 2-piece project then, or is the blue "negative" mounted or inset on the brown stained board, too?
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:51 AM
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:47 AM
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Just cut 12x12 blanks of 3/8 mdf and used the auto inlay feature. Take the name and offset outside by 1/2" and pocket that piece then cut out letters from the other copy.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:15 PM
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Not necessarily a CNC thing, but...a GOOD set of wood blocks is hard to find. Kids love them (I know I did).

Anything for kids needs to be sanded ultra smooth...no splinters. (I know...where's the fun in that?) FYI - Shellac is non-toxic when dry.

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Old 01-20-2018, 12:59 PM
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Here's something cool I saw on Etsy, Growth Rulers with the kid's names carved. Not exactly what I thinking of originally, but something that I've got to add to my To Make list
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:09 PM
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And blocks with carved letters for the kids to spell their names. Damn, my To Make list is getting longer and longer....
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