I put a rectangle around it and then duplicated the rectangle to make the back
I used the oval option and made circles that would fit on to the letters as sort of knobs for those chubby little hands to grasp and use to guide.
I saved the knob circles as a separate file and used it as a test for the cutting.
I saved the files as eps files; saved it on a flash drive, as well as emailed it to myself. (Always good to have a plan 'B')
I opened my knob (test) file; set the speed, force and frequency settings according to the chart given to me in class and helpfully, posted on the table at the computer. However, I chose a dense composite wood that looked like the right thing for a puzzle but is much denser than natural wood. So I slowed down the speed a bit, upped the frequency a skosh, and took two passes
I put the vowels in without their centers tracing around where they would be. Then I glued the centers in to place. Before the glue dried I checked to make sure the placement was correct.
I did a bit of detailing for fun.
I let it all dry for 24 hours before finishing off with a clear varnish to give it a final coat to battle crayon marks and toddler goo.