This evening I taught my 11 year old daughter how to use the scroll saw to make a simple Christmas ornament. Of all my tools, I feel most comfortable starting a child out on the scroll saw. We searched Google Images and she picked out this Christmas Tree. This was a great choice because she got to drill a hole and learn to cut curves, plus there were no interior cuts to complicate matters. She was able to cut out the whole project and sand it herself in about 30 minutes.
So take the time this holiday season to share your love of woodworking with someone. As always, use good judgement and make sure to teach good safety practices, especially when working with children and newbies. Happy Holidays and Happy Woodworking!