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In addition to being secure (see Safety and children's toys under ), good toys for young kids will need to match their stages of growth and emerging abilities. Many safe and proper play materials are free things typically found at home. As you read the following lists of toys that are suggested for kids of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at a single rate. Items on one list--as long as they are secure --can be great options for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
Toys for young babies --birth through 6 months
Babies like to look at people--after them using their eyes. Normally, they prefer faces and bright colours. Infants can achieve, be curious about what their hands and feet can do, lift their heads, and turn their heads toward appearances, place items in their mouths, and much more!
Good toys for young babies:
Items they can reach , maintain, suck , shake, make sound with--rattles, big earrings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and vinyl and board books
Things to hear --novels with nursery rhymes and poems, and records of lullabies and easy songs
Items to look at--images of faces hung so baby can view them and unbreakable mirrors
Toys for older babies --7 to 12 months
Older infants are movers--typically they go from rolling over and sittingto scooting, bouncing, creeping, pulling up themselves, and standing.
Good toys for older babies:
Items to play pretend with--baby dolls, puppets, vinyl and timber vehicles with wheels, and water toys
Things to drop and take out--plastic bowls, big beads, balls, and nesting toys
Items to construct with--big soft blocks and wooden cubes

Things to utilize their large muscles with--big balls, push and pull toys, and low, soft things to crawl over
One-year-olds are all on the move! Typically they can walk and even climb stairs. They like stories, say their first words, and can play alongside other children (but not yet with!) . They like to experiment--but need adults to keep them secure.
Good toys such as 1-year-olds:
Board books with simple illustrations or photographs of real objects
Items to create --wide non-toxic, washable markers, crayons, and large newspaper
Things to pretend with--toy phones, antiques and antiques beds, baby carriages and strollers, dress-up accessories (scarves, bags ), puppets, stuffed toys, plastic animals, and plastic and wood"realistic" vehicles
Things to build with--cardboard and wood cubes (could be smaller than those used by babies --2 to 4 inches)
Items for utilizing their big and small muscles--puzzles, large pegboards, toys with components that do items (dials, switches, knobs, lids), and large and Tiny chunks
Toys for 2-year-olds (toddlers)

Toddlers are rapidly learning language and have some feeling of risk. Yet do a great deal of bodily"testing": leaping from heights, climbing, hanging by their arms, rolling, and rough-and-tumble play. They have great control of their hands and palms and like to do things with small objects.
Great toys for 2-year-olds:
Things for solving problems--wood puzzles (with 4 to 12 bits ), blocks that snap together, objects to sort (in size, form, colour, smell), and items with hooks,
Buttons, buckles, and pops
Things for pretending and building--cubes, smaller (and sturdy) transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture (kitchen sets, chairs, play food), dress-up clothing, dolls with accessories, puppets, along with sand and water play toys
Things to make with--large non, washable crayons and markers, big paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large paper for painting and drawing, colored construction paper, toddler-sized scissors with blunt tips, chalkboard and large jolt, and rhythm instruments
Picture books with more details than books for younger children
CD and DVD players with a variety of music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders operate too!)
Items for using their big and small muscles--large and Smallish balls for kicking and throwing, ride-on equipment (but likely not tricycles until kids are ), tunnels, non climbers with soft material underneath, and beating and beating toys
Preschoolers and kindergartners have longer attention spans than toddlers. Typically they talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. They like to experiment with things and using their still-emerging physical skills. They like to play with friends--and don't want to lose! They can take turnsand sharing a single toy by two or more children is often potential for older preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Things for solving problems--puzzles (with 12 to 20+ bits ), blocks that snap together, collections and other smaller items to form by length, width, height, shape, color, odor, amount, and other attributes --collections of plastic bottle caps, plastic bowls and lids, shells, keys, counting bears, little colored cubes
Items for faking and construction --lots of blocks for building complex structures, transport toys, building sets, child-sized furniture ("flat" sets, play meals ), dress-up clothes, dolls with accessories, puppets and simple puppet theatres, and sand and water play toys
Things to make with--big and small crayons and markers, large and Tiny paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large 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, glue, paper and fabric scraps for collage, and tools --rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Picture books with even more words and more detailed images than toddler books
CD and DVD players with a variety of music (obviously, phonograph players and cassette recorders work also!)
Items for using their large and small muscles--big and small balls for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment such as tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft material underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, targets and things to throw at them, and a workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and watched
If a child has access to a computer: programs that are interactive (the child can perform something) and that children can understand (the Program uses graphics and spoken instruction, not just print), children can control the program's pace and path, and children have opportunities to explore a variety of concepts on many levels
Safety and children's toys
Safe toys for young kids are well-made (with no sharp parts or splinters and do not pinch); painted with nontoxic, lead-free paint; shatter-proof; and readily washed. Make sure you check the tag, which should indicate that the toy was approved by the Underwriters Laboratories. Additionally, when choosing toys for children under age 3, make certain that there are no small components or pieces that could be lodged in a child's throat and cause suffocation.
It is very important to not forget that regular wear and tear may lead to a once safe toy getting poisonous. Adults must check toys regularly to make sure they are in good repair. For a list of toys that were recalled by manufacturers, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission site.