3D Printing for Kids

3D Printing for Kids: 10 Simple 3D Printer Projects for Children

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3D printing will shape the future… so why keep it to grown ups? Here are 10 simple 3D printer projects you can do with your kids.

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Admit it, when you brought that 3D printer to your home, your better half was suspicious. And since your partner might still be critical about the value of your new hobby, here are some tips so you can say “It’s not just for me, it’s for the kids also!”  

If your offspring is eying that magical printing box of yours, why not 3D print something together? Because designing, choosing a print and assembling it is way more fun when you do it together with someone who is as enthusiastic about it as you are. 

Here are some simple suggestions on what to 3D print with your kids.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #1: A Glider Powered by an Elastic Band

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What is this? In this case, rubberbands and 3D printing go together well. Take the representation of a 3D printed Stealth Bomber and let it fly. Another upside: You’ll make the kids play outside.

Suggested Age: 6 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on MyMiniFactory.


3D Printing for Kids – Project #2: Edible Dinosaur Tracks

Edible Dinosaur Tracks

What is it? Your kids hate vegetables? Make them an adventure. 3D print a mold for dinosaur foodprints, fill it with i.e. mashed potatoes and let your kids get to the ancient carrot of the stone age.

Suggested age: 6 years and up.

Where to get it: Download for free on Youmagine.

3D Printing for Kids – Project # 3: Faire Play Armor Set Barbie

Faire Play Barbie

What is it?  This one’s for kids playing with Barbie. With these designs from Jim Rodda, you can 3D print a great ancient armor set for the doll. Now she‘s so much more convincing than her male, muscle packed action figures counterparts. And surely more beautiful.

Suggested age: 6 years and up. 

Where to get it: The designs are great, but costly. Buy them for only $ 29.99 on Zheng3.com.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #4: Fully Printable, Programmable Eggbot

Fully Printable Eggbot

What is it?  An EggBot is a compact, easy to use open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects. It’s nor limited to eggs but paints golf balls, light bulbs, mini pumpkins, and even things like wine glasses. With a bit of work you can program it to draw shapes. Easter and Christmas will become a lot more artsy.

Suggested age: 10 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on Thingiverse.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #5: FingerDigger

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What is it? It’s a desktop version of a popular sandbox toy. With your fingers at the controls, you can seek fossils in your potted plant, pick skittles from the floor or (yuck) dig in the cat litter box. Or print a bigger version and take it to the sandpit outside.

Suggested age: 6 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on Thingiverse.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #6: Tinker Play Velociraptor

Tinkerplay Velociraptor

What is it? This is not an easy print, but it really worth it. If your offspring is interested in dinosaurs, this is the one to 3D print. Great to impress teachers, also. 

Suggested age: 8 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on Pinshape


3D Printing for Kids – Project #7: Klöts (Quick shoe ties)

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What’s it for: Klöts are 3D printable quick shoe ties. They tie your shoes faster, stay at the same tension and leave no unnecessary ends of shoelaces hanging around. Also, they are fully customizable.

Suggested age: 4 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on Thingiverse.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #8: Cereal Box Townhouse

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What is it? Short on money for a dollhouse? Just take an old cereal boy, 3D print the door and some windows, maybe color the box…  and here you have a great toy to play with. 

Suggested age: 4 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on Thingivrse.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #9: A Lego Compatible Modular Castle

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Modular castle kit – Lego compatible

What is it? Lego doesn’t come cheap. As the patents to the building blocks has expired, everyone can make his own blocks now. These 3D printing files allow you to build a whole castle brick by brick. Oh, and don’t forget to extend the castle in case your kid needs a landing pad for his spaceship.

Suggested age: 6 years and up.

Where to get it: Download the files for free on Thingiverse.

3D Printing for Kids – Project #10: Broke Hackers’ Model Railway

Broke Hackers' Model Railway

What’s it for: This is a big money saver, and a demanding project to work on. Of course you could simply buy a model railway, but why not teach your teenager some soldering and programming skills too in the progress? All you need is some basic electronics, AVR microcontrollers, a Raspberry Pi and a bit of programming knowledge.

Suggested age: 14 years and up. 

Where to get it: Get the files, the instruction and many more amazing project ideas on Hackaday.io.


Did we miss any great 3d printing projects for kids? Please add them to the comments!