PROJECT - NEW DOOR HANDLE LEFTOVERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
Dads frequently have projects like this - a new sink faucet or door handle. In our case, door handles have a difficult job of withstanding what we call the (Indiana Jones swing) that Haywood likes to dish out. This has caused at least one door handle to fall off and crumble. No matter how many times we say - don't hang and swing on the door handle - it just doesn't stick. As a parent you have to appreciate those moments, because for us - Haywood will grow out of his (Indiana Jones) phase and we will fondly remember replacing all those door handles.
So, Dad goes to the hardware store and buys an nice, new, sturdy handle. This posed a couple of learning opportunities:
#1 - Dad removed old handle - Haywood took old door handle and created a nice learning basket, pictured here. He can now, at his leisure, take apart and put the lock back together. Always an educational activity when completed.
#2 - First handle Dad bought was a fancy keypad entry. We quickly learned that we live in a special home, with all wood doors that are not flush. This posed a technical problem, making the fancy keypad flip out constantly. A little troubleshooting later and Dad was off to get another handle. Haywood had a grand time watching the decision making process.
#3 - Locks became interesting to Haywood and he has now looked through the garage for little padlocks and other items for his school desk. Adding to his edu basket will be a continuous activity and an opportunity to learn more.