I have it in my head I want to make this:
AKA: Manhattan Toy Skwish Natural Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy.
To my eye the required parts are:
6x Larger wooden beads
12x Smaller wooden beads
– Dowel I’m going to purchase from local hardware shop
– Beads are on the way from ebay
2x drill bits:
– 1x slightly larger than the dowel (to drill out the beads)
– 1x about a third or half diameter of the dowel (for the string to thread through)
A clamp can be used to hold the beads and dowel in place while drilling through them.
My Dad recommended boiling all the pieces if I wanted to be completely certain about neutralizing/sanitizing them.
I’m slightly concerned about what glue to use to stick the ends on. Glue is toxic, so don’t want to use too much, but on the other hand if one of the small beads is not attached properly and comes off it is a serious choking hazard. I might leave the smaller wooden beads as the last part to attach as they may not even be necessary.
Hmm … I’m sure it makes a lovely click-clock sound too.
There’s this crazy multicolored version too also made by same company, though natural is fine by me:
Edit: I just read the actual description and the shape deforms! Which I didn’t think of, having never seen one of these things in real life. Very exciting:
Skwish from Manhattan Toy is a time honored classic, instantly recognizable, an intriguing blend of ingenious design and developmental function. The geometrical shape and interconnecting wooden dowels have long piqued the curiosity of adults – imagine how it must appear to a baby as they begin to experience the world around them? Skwish may not turn every baby into a mathematical genius, but every baby can joyfully benefit from its unique developmental features. Its natural finish and one of a kind shape instantly capture baby’s attention. The lightweight wooden dowels, smooth finish, and elastic ties make it easy for little hands to grab and hold. Babies will love “Skwishing” it down and watching it return to its original shape – Skwish is a perfect clutching toy for developing gross motor skills. The beads slide back and forth along the dowels when shaken, producing a very pleasing rattle and allowing baby to explore sound and learn cause and effect. The spatial and tactile elements have been shown to be helpful to those on the Autism spectrum. Skwish is carefully constructed of sustainable wood and features a smooth, un-dyed exterior surface. For over 30 years, Manhattan Toy has been making award-winning, high quality, visually appealing toys for babies, toddlers and kids. Manhattan Toy offers more than 500 exclusive, original product designs distributed and sold worldwide through specialty retail stores, catalogs and websites. All of our products, from the newest concepts to our time-tested classics, are innovatively designed to inspire imaginative play and delight our customers.
Please feel free by all means to buy one yourself if you would like, current value ~$12 (though for me way over here in the antipodes the postage and exchange rates make this so very difficult): Manhattan Toy Skwish Natural Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy.