Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads Wood Rattle, Teether, and Clutching Toy

Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads Wood Rattle, Teether, and Clutching Toy

In keeping with our dedication to providing the best quality, most engaging toys for newborns, we have brought back some of our favorite toys from years gone by. The heirloom quality Classic Baby Beads will instantly capture your baby’s attention and feature smooth, naturally finished wooden beads strung together with elastic. These wooden clutching rattles are designed for tiny hands to reach for, grab, pull, twist, and rattle – an old fashion, hands on toy that encourages babies to experience the tactile world around them while engaging their gross motor skills. As baby delights in manipulating the wooden beads, a clickey-clop sound is produced, allowing them to explore sound and cause and effect. These beads have also been shown to be helpful to those on the Autism spectrum. Manhattan Toy has been making award-winning, high quality, visually appealing toys for babies, toddlers and kids for over 30 years. 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.

Main features

  • Grasping toy features 12 multi-colored beads that twist and turn easily in little hands to promote gross motor skills
  • Wooden beads are strung together with elastic creating a perfect tactile toy
  • Brightly colored, sustainable wood rattle features a non-toxic, water based finish
  • Tactile development features have been helpful for children on the autism spectrum
  • Award winning baby toy from Manhattan Toy

Verified reviews


Bright and colorful wooden balls

Our son has been interested in balls since he was just a couple of months old, so when I saw this toy I thought it would be the perfect clutching toy for him. We have the classic ball rattle. It is very well-made, wooden with very bright, pretty colors and it can be manipulated and balls will clack against each other. I had high hopes for this becoming a popular toy with my son, but over the months as he got older he didn’t express much interest in it. He would pick it up every so often and hold it for about 10 seconds and then drop it. He is 17 months now and he will pick up the toy sometimes and say “ball” and try to pull them apart. It seems he would like them to be separated, probably so he can throw them and play with them like a regular ball, though we have plenty of those around the house. So all in all, for us this toy didn’t really work out, though I don’t know that is was necessarily because of a bad design, just our son’s personal preference.

Marcy Garibaldi, OR

Heavy, but fun

My 5 month-old son received this for Christmas. He enjoys trying to hold onto it, but it is just a tad too heavy for him yet. That said, my 2 year-old loves handling the “beads” and moving them around and around, so it has made a great “fidget” toy for him. The beads are very bright, just like in the picture. The toy also seems quite durable, as we have dropped it on hard floors a number of times already without any damage.

Kari Morris Chapel, TN


trust me fellas, i learned this the hard way. I was thinking, "MAN… a whole string of delicious gummy balls to enjoy!". One CRACK of la tooth, and believe you me I was not very pleased with this product. honestly its like false advertising to have these things look so delicious but only result in a CRRRACK of your toothies.In desperation, i figured id let baby have it. he loved it.babies! (rolls eyes)

Mara Woodburn, KY

sort of pointless toy

Got this after reading the other reviews, but kids were just not interested. none of them, from the baby on up. Our baby held it for a minute or two, but you basically just move the balls around on an elastic band. She lost interest very quickly and never regained it. All in all, a very expensive toy for what it is…would not recommend for the price. Also, it states non toxic paint, but unsure how paint can really be entirely non toxic, since chemicals are used to produce it…not sure I’d really want my baby biting and chewing on it…

Lydia Bentonia, MS

Great Adult Hand Therapy

I have not seen a child play with these, though wow, they feel great and look great, so I think kids would love them. But I’m a grown up with rheumatoid arthritis that includes my hands, and I love them for hand therapy.I’ve used quite a few wooden toys for therapy with my hands. I’ll bet they would cost 5 to 10 times as much if sold for therapy, and wouldn’t be painted those great colors! The colors have helped get me to use them, and they have done me a whole lot of good.These wooden toys are so well-made that I still have all the many I’ve bought, ready for action. For the last 3 1/2 years I’ve been combing a Standard Poodle daily, and that has turned out to be great therapy for my hands. So the wooden toys have been standing by, looking good and ready for action when needed.This is a quiet toy, beautiful and well made, and the balls are just right for my hand needs. I certainly recommend it!

Marcella Aragon, GA

Very entertaining and educational for 6 mos and up

My 5 month old received this toy for Christmas from a dear friend. The quality is excellent and we couldn’t help but pass it around…it’s a great fidget toy for toddlers too. Compared to the Haba version, this one has more colors and more spheres than the competition. This could be a downside if you have a little one who isn’t fully sitting up to play, as it is heavy for a baby to hold above their face as they lie on their back. Overall a stimulating and educational toy for all ages and definitely one to pass down.

Jo Stanley, IA

baby loves these

I was looking for another sensory toy and found this at pottery barn. Was way cheaper on Amazon and my son really likes it. I put it around his wrist or ankle and he shakes or kicks it.

Aida Lecanto, FL

safe, interesting toy

This is an interesting toy, my baby enjoys it, and I like that it is made from rubberwood instead of plastic. It is well-made (with only minor finish imperfections), but I wish I had chosen the similar toy from Haba instead because I have found the Haba wood toys are exceptionally well-crafted. If Haba wasn’t an option, I would buy this toy again.

Valerie Shelbyville, IN

His friend who is 2 years old really liked playing with it the other day

Baby at 6 months does not play with it for very long. His friend who is 2 years old really liked playing with it the other day tho

Christy Bladen, NE

Fun toy, not really a rattle

We received this as a gift for our son before he was born. He liked manipulating the beads, looking at the toy, and feeling the beads, but I wouldn’t really say that it rattles like a traditional rattle. The balls clang together. I think it’s more like a sensory touch toy, and he seemed to enjoy it for a little while.

Robert Linn, KS

My daughter won’t play with it

My 9 month old has zero use for this toy. She likes the winkle but not this. It’s made well

Ollie Avant, OK


Its a little big for the hands of my baby…and he is not sure what to do with it. We pull it into a ring, rattle it, etc. but he is bored pretty quickly with this one. Maybe when he gets older and can bang more it will be more fun. For now its, "meh." He is 5 mos.

Sonja Solsville, NY

great toy, better for bigger hands

my son didn’t start enjoying this until he was a little older, maybe 7 or 8 months. I think this is mainly because the beads were a little too large for him to hold onto with his baby hands until that point. He does enjoy playing with them, though not as much as I had hoped he would.

Maura Estell Manor, NJ

My Son is not into this

I got this because it got good reviews and with the fun colors I figured my 7 month old would love it. Needless to say, he doesn’t give it the time of day. It’s cute but useless as a baby toy in my house.

Kimberly Xenia, IL

best baby toy ever!

at every playdate, this is the toy that all of the babies flock to. i have even seen older kids pretend that they were bracelets, anklets, etc. at a mommy and me group that i frequent, every child that attends has been drawn to this. moms always ask where i got it, and they even find themselves twisting and turning to change the pattern. if you are looking for a great developmental toy for baby/toddler, seek no further! this is the one you’ ll want!

Anita Norwich, OH

Looks like candy & feels cool in your hand

My daughter got this for her first birthday & it’s a big hit! I think it would have been too heavy & awkward for her if she’d gotten it at an earlier age. Even if your kid ends up hating it I think it’s great for adults too. I find it calming to play with. Really good looking, sturdy toy.

Gussie Chattaroy, WV

sweet toy

Looks very small on the photos. Also i was assuming the balls were attached to each other randomly so it was bunches up but instead they are in order almost like a hairband with beads. I LOVEEE the size, the quality, colors. I thought it was sort of expensive but it is sooo sweet unique, non toxic. Perfect for my daugters hands, she is 6 months old and i dont worry when she puts the toy in her mouth because it is non toxic. I love manhathan toys, they really have sweet toys:)I also just started a blog talking about more Toxic free, Eco Frienfly, Organic toys — […]

Julie Shortt Gap, VA