Toys age-by-age
Ideas of safe, appropriate toys for every age group from our safety expert.

Newborn to 1 year-old baby
Choose brightly-colored, lightweight toys that appeal to your baby’s sight, hearing, and touch.

* Cloth, plastic, or board books with large pictures.
* Large blocks of wood or plastic.
* Pots and pans.
* Rattles.
* Soft, washable animals, dolls, or balls.
* Bright, movable objects that are out of baby's reach.
* Busy boards.
* Floating bath toys.
* Squeeze toys.

1 to 2 year-old toddler
Toys for this age group should be safe and be able to withstand a toddler’s curious nature.

* Cloth, plastic, or board books with large pictures.
* Sturdy dolls.
* Kiddy cars.
* Musical tops.
* Nesting blocks.
* Push and pull toys (remember -- no long strings).
* Stacking toys.
* Toy telephones (without cords).

2 to 5 year-old preschooler
Toys for this age group can be creative or imitate the activity of parents and older children.

* Books (short stories or action stories).
* Blackboard and chalk.
* Building blocks.
* Crayons, nontoxic finger paints, clay.
* Hammer and bench.
* Housekeeping toys.
* Outdoor toys: sandbox (with a lid), slide, swing, playhouse.
* Transportation toys (tricycles, cars, wagons).
* Tape or record player.
* Simple puzzles with large pieces.
* Dress-up clothes.
* Tea party utensils.

5 to 9 year-old child
Toys for this age group should help your child develop new skills and creativity.

* Blunt scissors, sewing sets.
* Card games.
* Doctor and nurse kits.
* Hand puppets.
* Balls.
* Bicycles with helmets.
* Crafts.
* Electric trains.
* Paper dolls.
* Jump ropes.
* Roller skates with protective gear.
* Sports equipment.
* Table games.

10 to 14 year-old child
Hobbies and scientific activities are ideal for this age group.

* Computer games.
* Sewing, knitting, needlework.
* Microscopes/telescopes.
* Table and board games.
* Sports equipment.
* Hobby collections.

Playtime should be fun and safe, and is an important part of your child's development and growth. Choosing toys carefully will assure that playtime is educational, fun, and, most importantly, safe.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
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