My Life of Travels and Adventures: Latch Boards

Latch Boards

10 February 2014

Latch Boards
These latch boards have been a hit in our house for a while now. With both me and Reid.   I love that all the pieces are connected and none can get separate and lost.  Reid loves playing with the latch boards at the table while I make dinner or in the car.  One pretty much lives in the car all the time. 

These were super simple to make.  I think the hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry. 

Two random scraps of wood. Ours are about 6” x 1’

Masking Tape
Random Pieces of Hardware


1. Sand. I quickly sanded our scrap wood to make it all smooth.  I also rounded out the corners a little as well. 
2. Paint.  I used masking tape to separate the two colors on mine.  I went with a John Deere and Construction color scheme. 
3. Clear Coat. I did two thin coats of clear coat on each piece of wood... to hopefully protect the paint from toddler damage. 
4. Attach Hardware.  We headed to Lowe's and picked out 10 different pieces of hardware.  Each board has 6 latches/hooks on it.  Two on each are a double. 
5. Enjoy. 
Shortly after we finished these, we headed to Philly, a 6 hour car ride, Reid played with the one board for the entire car ride.  With the exception of his naps that is. 
These really do hold his attention well.  So far I would say he likes the chains and door catch the best.
    Note the pirate smile.  It was a phase for a month or two that we have finally moved past. 
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  1. We're in the process of making this for our son's first birthday too! We also added light switches and a few other things! How fun.

  2. This is really cool! I actually have been coming up with a similar idea to make my for my son but I am waiting until next paycheck ;). Mine is slightly different but same concept!! Looks like fun!

  3. This looks like so much fun; great idea! (Seen on One Project at a Time.)

  4. Oh! Awesome! I would love to try this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing

  5. These look awesome. Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned to our group board.

  6. This is so awesome! I love it and cannot wait to make one for my toddler. I just shared on my facebook page! Thank you for linking up at the pinning party! -Angela @ Teaching Mama

  7. I love latch boards! They are a ton of fun for curious little ones.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  8. Love this tutorial! Thanks for linking up at the Hands-On Play Party! I'm featuring it in tomorrows post!

  9. These are so cool! Thanks for linking them to Tuesday Tots. I'm featuring this post this week. :)

  10. Love these homemade toys! They'll last forever. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  11. These are awesome for curious little minds and antsy little fingers! I am featuring these on the Makeovers & Motherhood's Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. This is awesome. What a great thing to make for pre schoolers! Thanks for sharing them @DearCreatives I'll be sharing the diy on the post tomorrow in the shout outs! Theresa

  13. Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this month.
    I look forward to seeing you again in the next month's linky.
    Marigolds' Loft

  14. What an awesome idea! I see those all the time at the toy store but never thought to make one! You are genius! Thanks :)

  15. This looks like he is having so much fun!! What a cool thing for his to be about to play with.


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