A baby rattle built with Lego bricks and filled with 1x1 round plates.
About this creation
A little gift for my son:
16 bricks + 8 round plates = A lot of fun :-))
Lime and orange are my favourie LEGO colours, so I've used these for the rattle, too. The bricks are glued with Airfix glue. Usually I'm quite a purist, but safety has top priority here.
If you want to build one yourself, wait some days after building the rattle before you give it to the baby. Take a close look on the safety labels on the glue bottle before you use it for a baby toy.
Inside you can see the round plates in different transparent colours plus a silver one: You can also see some glue between the bricks. It was quite tricky to apply.
Different profiled bricks on one side for some extra touching experience
The whole rattle has the same size as two 2x2 Duplo bricks and can be combined with Duplo. That's why I've used 2x4 bricks for the base and the top.
This is my LEGO baby rattle only built with bricks and little round plates.
I hope you like it :-))
Update March 20, 2014: I've downloaded the safety data sheet for the glue and it states that the only "health risky" components are the vapors of the solvent (Acetone). Acetone is also used by dentists to clean the surface of a tooth before applying a dental filling and the plastic component of the glue (Polyvinyl acetate) is also used in chewing gums. So for me the glue is OK, even for a baby. Nevertheless, I'll wait until I can't smell the Acetone anymore, before I give the rattle to my boy.
Update May 11, 2015: After more than one year in the hands (and the mouth) of my little boy the rattle is still faultless. All the parts are held together by the glue, the ABS as well as the PC parts. The rattle was such a big success that I built two more with little improvements. My son also likes the possibility to combine them with Duplo a lot.
Quoting Stephen Barnes
Hmm... I think I'd pause before building anything out of Lego for a baby or a toddler. Particularly anything with small pieces. They chew anything.
I'll keep a close look on both, the rattle and the baby. If he gets to open it, I'll inform you here. For me it looks safe now and my son loves the sound. He also loves the combination with the Duplo bricks you can see on one of the photos.
Quoting Semperi Afendel
Some babies enjoy chewing on their rattles. I'd make sure to make this safely, if I were you. Excellent idea!
I think, I'm right with the glue I've used. It is for Airfix models, which are a kind of toys, too. The safety advice on the bottle is only about flammability and skin contact with the liquid glue. I'll keep the rattle away from the baby until the typical smell has faded. A similar glue is used for LEGO keychains and magnets. So it should be OK.