Discover how handles work with latches.
What to do:
Carefully cut out all the shapes around the dotted lines with your scissors. Watch out as scissors can be sharp. Stick down the shapes with glue, and put the big square shape ‘A’, labelled ‘Door Handle Plan’, on a piece of card on its own. On another of your pieces of cardboard, stick down the shapes from printable sheet ‘B’.
Once you have all the shapes stuck down carefully cut them out with your scissors. You may want to ask an adult for help.
The shapes ‘A’ and ‘Door Handle Plan’ contain small black dots. We want to punch small holes where the dots are. Put a blob of moulding clay on your table; place the piece of card, with the dot on it, on top; align the dot with the clay beneath and, using the pointed end of the pencil, puncture a hole in the card. This will make a tidy hole. Repeat and make a tidy hole in the ‘Door Handle Plan’ shape. Take shapes ‘C’ and ‘D’ and, following the hole-punching method, add holes either end where the black dots are. These shapes will help make up the latch. Fold along the two sets of lines on shape ‘C’ and bend the shape so it has two tabs either end, facing downwards.
Fold the flaps over on shape ‘D’ and put paper fasteners through the holes you created. Make sure that the arms of the paper fastener are at the back of the shape. Watch out as paper fasteners can be sharp.
You’ll notice that on the ‘Door Handle Plan’ shape there are spaces where shapes ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ should sit. Take shape ‘D’ and, following the guide for ‘D’ on the ‘Door Handle Plan’ shape, gently guide the paper fasteners into the card. Fasten in place. Place yellow shape ‘B’ on the ‘Door Handle Plan’ and, following the guide, gently place ‘B’ under the arm of ‘D’, which is fastened in place. Shape ‘B’ completes the latch. Finally, take shape ‘C’ and, using the fasteners, place it on top of ‘B’ on the ‘Door Handle plan’. Carefully place the paper fasteners through the cardboard and secure shape ‘C’ in place. The top curved shape of ‘A’, the door handle shape, should fit underneath the bridge (the indented part of shape ‘B’). Place ‘A’ on the ‘Door Handle Plan’, with the upper part of the handle shape sitting snugly in ‘B’’s bridge. Carefully push the paper fasteners through the two sheets of cardboard.
You’ve created your door handle – well done! If you gently lift the handle up the panel will open the latch. If you move the handle down, the latch will close. You can test the latch and handle with a mini Nina door, which you can find on printable sheet ‘C’. Carefully cut out the shapes on sheet ‘C’. On the third piece of cardboard, carefully stick the picture of Nina down in the top left corner of the card. The little door picture will fit on top of Nina. Make sure that you ‘hinge’ the ‘door’ by sticking it down, over the edge of the card, with a piece of sticky tape. It should sit on top of Nina so that the ‘door’ opens and closes. Place the handle and latch so that when the latch lifts up the ‘door’ flap opens. You now have a working handle, latch, and little door.
You will need:
- Print-outs (3 pages)
- Special print-out shapes, printed in colour (You can find the print-out shapes on page 2)
- Cardboard from an old box: 3 flat sides, each one bigger than a sheet of A4 paper
- P.V.A. glue
- A glue stick
- Moulding Clay
- Fuve paper fasteners
- A pencil
- Sticky tape
- A pair of scissors
Remember to ask a Grown-up for help.