So in order to ensure he would enjoy the project we had him pick out something he would enjoy making and would love to have after it was finished. We scoured the Internet and found all kinds of great plans. He finally decided on the plans for the Elephant Toy Box. It said it was for beginners and it seemed simple enough for him to do.
He really enjoyed learning to work with a tape measure, square, and cross cut saw. He for some reason really enjoyed using a rasp. He just thought it was so neat how it rounded corners with ease! The scroll saw was a lot of fun for him too. After spending almost a week sanding he decided that next year he would choose a smaller project.
He did eventually get it all sanded and put together. Then 4 coats of clear acrylic sealer and more sanding with steel wool. He finally finished it. I know it is not perfect but for a young kids first project it is pretty amazing. My husband and I are so proud of him. He has something that he will have for many years and be able to give to his kids when he is older. Next week is judging so I am hoping he does well.