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    I have a 10 year old nephew and an 11 year old son of a friend. They are asking questions about welding. I would like to find a simple project that i can do with them that will make them feel like they accomplished something. I was thinking maybe a Mythbusters style name plate. I could plasma cut out the letters ahead of time and have them tack them back inplace with the MIG? maybe a little to much of me doing it and not enough of them. What do you guys think? They have no real welding or tool using experience. Any other ideas are welcome.
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    nope i got no ideas ,but i think its good that your getting the rugrats invovled
    my daddy always said i was IRONHEADED....
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    They could weld their name with mig on a plate. I'd hand them the plasma and let them cut it out while you help. I would drill some starter holes possibly to prevent the splash as you pierce a plate if you have them cut the name from a plate in negative.

    Weld a pencil holder from some pipe? U shaped napkin holder? Book ends? Candle holder or one of those cut up can lanterns that hold a candle?

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    Thanks DSW i think i may be able to run with one of those ideas. They have been asking the "can you show me how to weld questions" but they of course have no idea whats involved. When the oppertunity presents itself, i would like to have something in mind to show them.
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    When I was helping my dad out at an early age. He would give me one or two easy tasks to do while working on a bigger project. He started me off welding .062 1X2" tubing that he had already laid out and tacked up.
    My suggestion start them out with a mig or an O/A they are much more forgiving. Get them working on anything you can. It doesn't need to be a project especially for them although that would be nice. let them do some of the grunt work.
    I did a lot of hold this and get that but every once in awhile it was "hey weld this joint. Or braze this." just getting them involved will be a big kick for them.

    Then you could come up with a supervised project.
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    Here's a project that I posted awhile back that my great nephew made , he just turned 7. Anyways, he is always bugging his mom to come visit me so he can make stuff. I screwed up and erased his last project out of the camera before it was downloaded but he made a plant hanger for his mom that turned out rather well for a kid that just turned 7.

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    My 10 yr old son is into horses - he made this for the arena door. More time bending than welding - but he did it all himself.
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    Keep the ideas coming, I would love to get my step daughter involved (she loves working on projects together) but I have yet to do any metal working with her. Plus this is the perfect reason to get the new hood I want, so we each can wear one as I teach her how to weld.

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    Thumbs up Got the wheels turning...

    Hello!

    I am a High School welding teacher, and was thinking about doing a welding camp at my school sometime during the summer for late elementary or middle school age kids... You guys have inspired me!

    Nice project ideas... a plasma cut name, the mom plate, some horse shoe stuff like a napkin holder etc. Small projects that could be done in a day or two...

    Thanks for the ideas guys! Any more very simple projects come to mind?

    Anyway thanks for the help!

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    Hope this is not too complicated.
    I welded this up in about 2 hours from scraps I had on hand.
    The head moves around.

    Painting it took longer than the welding phase.


    Other ideas:

    Turtle, frog, fish snake, birds, cat, dog , flower cut-outs from flat plate

    wind chimes, house number sign,

    The fun part is using whatever is on hand and having fun.
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