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In addition to being safe (see Security and children's toys under ), very good toys for young kids need to coincide with their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found in the home. As you read these lists of toys that are suggested for kids of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at a single rate. Items on a single list--as long as they are safe--can be great choices for kids who are older and younger than the suggested age range.
Toys for young babies --birth through 6 months
Babies like to look in people--after them with their eyes. Normally, they favor faces and bright colours. Infants can achieve, be fascinated with what their hands and feet can perform, lift their heads, turn their minds toward sounds, place items in their mouths, and much more!
Great toys for young infants:
Items they could reach for, maintain, suck , shake, make sound with--rattles, large earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and vinyl and board books
Items to listen to--novels with nursery rhymes and poems, and recordings of lullabies and easy songs
Items to look at--images of faces suspended so baby can see them and unbreakable mirrors

Toys for older infants--7 to 12 weeks
Elderly babies are movers--they go from rolling over and sitting, to scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling themselves up, and standing.
Good toys for older infants:
Things to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, vinyl and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys
Items to drop and take out--vinyl bowls, large beads, balls, and nesting toys
Things to build with--large soft cubes and wooden cubes
Items to utilize their large muscles with--large chunks, push and pull toys, and low, soft items to crawl over
One-year-olds are all on the move! Typically they can walk steadily and even climb stairs. enjoy stories, say their first words, and can play alongside other kids (but not yet with!) . They prefer to experiment--but want adults to keep them safe.
Great toys for 1-year-olds:
Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects
Things to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper
Things to feign with--toy telephones, antiques and antiques beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, bags ), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic critters, and plastic and wood"realistic" vehicles
Items to construct with--wood and cardboard blocks (can be smaller than those used by infants--2 to 4 inches)
Things for utilizing their big and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do things (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and small chunks
Toys for 2-year-olds (toddlers)

Toddlers are learning language and have some sense of risk. Nevertheless they do a lot of bodily"testing": jumping from heights, climbing, hanging by their own arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have great control of their hands and palms and like to do things with small objects.
Good toys for 2-year-olds:
Things for solving problems--wood puzzles (using 4 to 12 bits ), blocks that snap together, objects to form (by size, shape, colour, odor ), and things with hooks,
Buttons, buckles, and snaps
Items for faking and construction --cubes, smaller (and hardy ) transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, seats, play meals ), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, along with sand and water play toys
Things to make with--large non-toxic, washable crayons and markers, big paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for painting and drawing, coloured construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments
Picture novels with more information than books for younger kids
CD and DVD players with many different music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate also!)
Items for using their large and small muscles--large and Smallish balls for throwing and kicking, ride-on equipment (but probably not tricycles until children are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft cloth under, and pounding and hammering toys
Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. Typically they speak a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and using their still-emerging bodily abilities. They like to play with friends--and do not want to lose! They could take turns--and sharing a single toy by at least two children is often possible for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Good toys for 3- to 6-year-olds:
Items for solving issues --puzzles (with 12 to 20+ pieces), blocks that snap together, collections and other smaller items to form by length, width, height, shape, colour, odor, quantity, and other features--collections of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and lids, keys, shells, counting bears, small colored cubes
Items for faking and construction --many blocks for building complex structures, transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture ("apartment" places, play meals ), dress-up clothes, dolls with accessories, puppets and simple puppet theaters, and sand and water play toys
Things to make with--big and Tiny crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, Big and small paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth scraps for collage, and instruments--rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Picture books with much more words and more detailed images than toddler books
CD and DVD players with various music (of course, phonograph players and tape recorders operate also!)
Items for utilizing their big and small muscles--big and small chunks for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment including tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft cloth underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, objects and objects to throw at them, and a workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and saw
When a child has access to a computer: programs that are interactive (the child can perform something) and children can comprehend (the Program uses graphics and spoken instruction, not just publish ), kids can control the program's speed and course, and children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on many levels
Safety and children's toys
Electric toys ought to be"UL Approved." Make sure you check the label, which should indicate that the toy has been accepted by the Underwriters Laboratories. In addition, when choosing toys for children under age , make sure there are not any tiny parts or pieces that may become lodged in a child's neck and lead to suffocation.
It's very important to not forget that regular wear and tear can lead to a once secure toy becoming hazardous. Adults should check toys regularly to make certain that they are in good repair. For a list of toys that have been remembered by manufacturers, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.