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I have been roped in again to help provide an activity for the kids at the local village fete in July, it has to be wood orientated and must cost vitually nothing.
I am one of about six activities in a gazebo for which the kids pay a nominal sum to do them all, two years ago I had some 75mm. sq. blocks about 22mm thick into which I would partially drill a series of holes to the shape of the childs initial, I would stand brads in the holes and then the child with a pin hammer would drive them home, good fun, great success, not too good last year, as I think they had mostly all done it. I need another thing similar to back it up and make it all worth while, any suggestions would be received gratefully.



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How about pre-cutting aeroplane wings, fuselages, tails and possibly rudders, mix them all up and let the kids choose one of each to panel pin together, a small hammer being the only tool needed. I imagined about 6" length.

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Well worth thinking about, Harry, may well give it a try, but did you mean 150mm. long.



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Hmmmm. Nothing comes to mind immediately, but I'll give it some thought.

And, I promise to do the metric conversions in advance.

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Derek, A yoyo would be a simple and inexpensive project: two disks with holes and a dowel to glue in, a length of string. You could have them lightly sand the disks and assemble the yoyo. This gives them a toy to play with along with a little building experience. They could even color them with markers.
Another simple project for the girls (or boys to give their mom's) is a "Scrunchie holder." Not sure if Scrunchie is a common name in the UK, they are elastic hair bands, usually covered with fabric. The stand is a disk maybe 4" diameter with a dowel sticking up in the center about 6-8". They could sand, glue the dowel and decorate. While a bit more complex the photo shows a popular one that makes a great Easter gift.
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Hi Derek how about some bird feeders make a couple different styles. Or some simple tool boxes. They are both great projects for he kids. Yo yo's are a good idea. If you have a lathe you could turn some pens.

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Yo-Yo's are a good idea, Mike, but I don't turn, getting a good feedback from here and another forum, some ideas are very good but would take too long, a quick project is the real answer, I really liked Harry's idea of a simple plane, that is quite feasable, but thanks all, keep them coming please.



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Derek, a plunge round over bit using a guide bushing and template would make short work of the yoyo sides. No turning required.

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"Well worth thinking about, Harry, may well give it a try, but did you mean 150mm. long."

Derek, the last thing I want to do is confuse our American friends who might be reading the post. (am now ducking for cover)
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"Speaking of yoyo's..." Right back at ya Harry!

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