For Christmas this year Little M’s Nola and Grandpa made him a latches board.
They took a trip to a big hardware store and bought every kind of interesting latch they could find. As Nola said, “anything a toddler would want to get into.” Grandpa cut, sanded and sealed a small piece of cabinet grade plywood. They arranged the hardware store finds and then secured them in place. Wheels and faucets spin; window locks, slide locks and chain locks teach Houdini techniques; door stoppers spring back and forth.
Then they searched through their house for other little things that Little M may find interesting. There’s a padlock hanging from a kitchen drawer pull; its key is hanging from a wristlet key chain that’s also secured to the drawer pull. They slapped on a slap bracelet, a key chain from a conference resembles the “remove before flight” tags that hang from pins on daddy’s plane, and hooked a carabiner to a loop.
Perhaps the most fun feature of all is…