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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for developing two handed play, September 1, 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy (Baby Product)
It is odd to rate the 'educational' value of this toy. It won't make your kid do calculus. But our baby started playing with this toy when he was about 12 weeks old. He was born 6 weeks premature, but because of his interest in this toy he developed two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) well ahead of time.

I could see that perhaps an older child might not find this engaging enough, but our son still enjoys playing with it and chewing on it now as a 7 month old.

PROS:

The slim flexible bands make this much easier for early grasping than many things sold as rattles, which are too fat for young, small, clumsy hands to grasp.

The rattle sound is not so loud as to be deafening or obnoxious

It can be refrigerated for teething. Again, the slim rings fit into his small mouth so much better than many of the large bulky teethers. He has a teether that he cant yet grasp and manipulate for himself because it is so bulky. Plus, the many loops mean that there are different things to chew on no matter which way he turns it, there isn't just one "right" way to hold it.

The loops also make it convenient to take with you. We hook one strap of our stroller brace through a loop and he can merrily play with it while we walk without fear that it will fall onto the ground. We receive lots of funny comments about how it looks like he is "driving" his stroller by grasping the ball like a steering wheel.

Fun, engaging and helpful for developing two-handed play. Probably most appropriate as a toy for babies 3-5 months and as a teether for older children.
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2011 10:13:19 AM PDT
I agree! My 6 week preemie also LOVES this toy. It's light enough that she can lift it and loopy enough to get some part of it in her mouth. She often gets it over her chubby little fists so that she can shake it without dropping it. It's a lifesaver when you just need to get a few things done.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 8:07:09 AM PDT
Mikeismike2 says:
One thing you you can't grasp in the main picture is how big this is when you see it next to a baby. It's really nicely sized. One of the additional icons shows that. Also they don't mention that it's available with a different variety of colors.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASINB001G3XF9I/amgb-20
There are a few more pictures of it being handled by a child on that page. You made an excellent point that this is a nice alternative to a standard rattle for early grasping.
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