I started a new tradition this year for the boys to exchange handmade gifts with each other. Yesterday I shared the lacing cards Jax made (with lots of my help) for his brother. Now it is his turn to make something for Jax. This is a great last minute gift idea if you still need something for a toddler in your life.
Pepé wanted to give Jax a latch board. Jax is very detail oriented and has quite advanced fine motor skills. He loves to play with anything mechanical. Instead of him trying to play with real window latches and door knobs, we thought it best to give him a safe way to satisfy his curiosities, still with real hardware.
Pepé went to the hardware store and helped pick out all the locks and latches for the board. We also raided or own supplies to find the window lock. The total for the other hardware was about $20. To keep a uniform look and lower cost we went with the brass finish. which I really don’t prefer but I knew I could make it work. We purchased a $5 plaque to mount the hardware to. I sanded the edges to soften them and then painted the board blue. I think the blue contrasts nicely with the brass color. Pepé helped me arrange the hardware and screw it into place. I had to swap a few of the screws out for shorter ones that would not poke through the back of the plaque.
We also added a plastic mailbox flag with a couple washers and a screw. I love the pop of red, plus mailbox flags are just cute. I am almost embarrassed to admit the doorknob is inactive. I simply looked for the least expensive knob and only after I opened it did I see the fine print on the back of the package saying it was inactive. Well, I added it to the board anyway, because it looks good and makes a pretty good handle for carrying the board around. I am sure this one will give both boys hours of entertainment.