Kid's lock box

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Project by Woodcanuck posted 08-16-2010 12:44 AM 7027 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Way back when my daughter was a toddler, she was fascinated with opening and closing things. Before kindergarten was going to start we decided to try out Montessori school and see how she’d like it. Turns out she loved it and many of the activities they did in the JK timeframe were geared to improve manual dexterity and hand eye coordination.

After seeing a few of the tools they used in Montessori teaching, my wife and I came up with the idea of a lock box to teach our daughter how to manipulate all kinds of locks, keys and fasteners.

The box is roughly 16” x 4” x 4” in size. Shopping for this one was great fun, go around as many hardware stores as I can and pick up all different types of locks, latches, hasps, etc.

I ended up with 10 different types of fasteners.

The box itself is just some scrap pine I had lying around. The inside is unfinished, the box stained with a cherry stain, the doors with a walnut stain and the entire thing given a couple of coats of varnish.

There is also a handle on top for easy carrying.

One thing we found fun with this was to hide the keys to the locks behind doors that don’t lock.

In the end I don’t know if she learned a lot from the experience, but she sure had a heck of a lot of fun playing with it. Every kid who picks it up has a ball locking and unlocking it.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 01:50 AM

Neat idea and well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 02:56 AM

That is pretty cool. I am betting my daughter and maybe even her daycare would love one of these. Would you mind if I borrowed the idea?

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 03:22 AM

Yeah this is definitely a great idea to borrow. May I?

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 03:31 AM

By all means….copy away…

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 04:21 AM

Yea I got to add my “Neat Idea” comment to the pot. I know a little guy who would love something like this. Thanks for sharing….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 08:10 AM

That is such a great idea, pitty my daughter is way to old for that now. She will probably say that I need locking up!!!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 02:17 PM

Cool. That is a really neat idea.
Heck, I would have fun playing with it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 04:19 PM

Cool…....a really unique way to help improve a kids dexterity…...while having fun doing it…......
plus ….....later on a place to ‘lockup’ all those neat little treasures that the young’uns manage to accumulate!!
Super job!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 06:07 PM

Oh Thank You. I have a new toddler on the way, and this is a must-do. Great Idea. Thanks.


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#10 posted 08-16-2010 06:13 PM

That’s so cool. I would have loved something like that.

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 06:49 PM

Very Cool Idea !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 08-17-2010 06:30 AM

Really neat idea, nice work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 08-19-2010 05:51 AM

Great looking box and idea. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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