Recommended Toys For Different Age Groups

  • Brightly coloured, multi patterned crib mobiles and play pens
  • (Note: Remove from crib once your baby can sit up)
  • Rattles
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Floor gyms
  • Activity boards
  • Soft, washable, colourful stuffed animals or dolls with a smiling face
  • Small stuffed fabric balls
  • Teething toys
  • Musical and chime toys

 

What to Avoid:

  • Toys with strings or cords more than 20 centimetres long
  • Products made of PVC
  • Small objects like marbles that can be swallowed by babies or can cause breathing restrictions
  • Toys with small parts (such as batteries or loose magnets) that can be swallowed
  • Stuffed animals with loosely sewn-on parts that can be easily removed
  • Sharp-edged toys
  • Toys made with lead-based paint
  • Stacking rings
  • Nesting cups or boxes
  • Push- or pull-toys that make noise or have pieces that pop up or move
  • Hammering sets that let kids hammer pegs or balls through holes
  • Simple, sturdy musical instruments like tambourines, drums, or maracas
  • Shape sorters
  • Basic blocks
  • Large play vehicles, such as a school bus or a fire engine, plus plastic people that ride in them
  • Puzzles with four or five pieces
  • Rubber ducks or toy boats for bath time
  • Ride-on toys (feet-propelled)
  • Backyard gym equipment (infant swing, small slide, small climbing apparatus)
  • Bath toys
  • Sandbox/sand toys
  • Wading pool/water toys
  • Puzzles with knobs (whole-object pieces)
  • Dolls and baby gear
  • Play vehicles
  • Kitchen equipment and gadgets
  • Play household items (telephone, lawn mower, workbench, shopping cart)
  • Playhouse
  • Non-toxic art supplies (large crayons and colouring books, clay, finger paints)
  • Hardback books with rounded edges

 

What to Avoid:

  • Small objects like marbles that fit through a toy-testing tube
  • Toys with small parts (such as batteries or loose magnets) that can be swallowed
  • Stuffed animals with loosely sewn-on parts that can be easily removed
  • Sharp-edged toys
  • Toys made with lead-based paint
  • Art supplies and craft kits
  • Baby Dolls – nurturing – dressing/undressing
  • Blocks of different shapes
  • Electronic phonics toys
  • Construction sets with large pieces, such as Lego
  • Puzzles of greater complexity
  • Action figures
  • Barbies
  • Transportation toys, such as parking garages, airports, and train stations
  • Board games that don’t require reading, such as Hungry Hungry Hippos or Mouse Trap
  • Soccer balls and basketballs
  • Bicycles with training wheels
  • Basic board games. The key word here is “basic,” Szymanski says. “Don’t introduce anything too strategic yet.” Pre-schoolers are still mastering how to play by the rules and take turns, so pick games with simple scoring methods.
  • Dress-up clothes, accessories, and props to assist with pretend play
  • Large crayons, pencils, paints, blunt-edge scissors, glue, and other art supplies
  • Modelling clay
  • Books
  • Basic musical instruments
  • Outdoor toys like a sandbox, bucket, shovel/spade with shape moulds
  • Puppet theatres and puppets
  • Puzzles
  • Ride-on toys. Make sure they go no faster than 5 km/h, and are used on flat, smooth surfaces under your supervision.
  • Tricycles or bicycles with training wheels (plus a helmet and your supervision)
  • Wooden train sets

 

What to Avoid:

  • Electrical toys
  • Remote control toys operated without parental supervision
  • Sharp-edged objects such as standard scissors
  • Toys made with lead-based paint
  • Costumes or clothing items that are tripping hazards
  • Mini-bikes
  • Remote-control vehicles and cycles
  • Basic science kits
  • Magnets, magnifying glasses, microscopes and telescopes
  • Craft kits
  • Barbies
  • Construction sets, such as Lego, Playmobil
  • Sports equipment
  • Board games that involve strategy, including chess and checkers
  • Simple swimming equipment
  • Pogo sticks
  • Jigsaw puzzles, including three-dimensional puzzles
  • Skipping ropes
  • Fashion/career dolls
  • Puppets, marionettes and theatres
  • Doll houses and furnishings
  • Action figures
  • Paper dolls
  • Science sets
  • Model kits
  • Craft kits
  • Magic sets
  • Art supplies
  • Table top sports
  • Video games
  • Electronic games
  • Board games
  • CD Players and CD’s
  • Books (children’s classics, fairy tales)
  • Sports equipment and protective gear
  • Bicycle and helmet
  • Ice or roller skates/in-line skates and protective gear
  • Advanced construction sets (Lego,Meccano)
  • Jigsaw puzzles, including three-dimensional puzzles
  • Puppets, marionettes and theatres
  • Remote control toys
  • Model kits
  • Science kits
  • Magic sets
  • Craft and handiwork kits
  • Art supplies
  • Playing cards
  • Board games
  • Chess, checkers, dominoes and other strategy games
  • Table top sports
  • Video games
  • Electronic games
  • Electric trains
  • Musical instruments
  • Books (biography, mystery, adventure, science fiction)
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