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Recommended Age Guidelines for Toys

BY: EDITORIAL TEAM | 6.24.2016 |

These age recommendations are approximate guidelines only. Check the specific packaging for manufacturer age recommendations.

Age Range What to Shop For What to Stay Away From
1-6 months Toys designed for sensory development: colorful, textured rattles, mobiles and teethers; unbreakable mirrors Sharp-edged toys; small objects and toys with small parts that kids can swallow; stuffed animals with loosely sewn parts
7-12 months Toys that encourage standing, crawling, and cruising; action/reaction toys; stacking, sorting, and building toys Sharp-edged toys; small objects and toys with small parts that kids can swallow; stuffed animals with loosely sewn parts
1-2 years Easy-to-follow board books and songs; pretend toys: phones, dolls, and doll accessories; toys that encourage muscle use: large-piece puzzles, balls, and toys with knobs and levers Sharp-edged toys; small objects and toys with small parts that kids can swallow; stuffed animals with loosely sewn parts
2-3 years Toys that encourage creative thinking and pretend play: battery-powered ride-on toys, dollhouses and accessories, and themed play sets; toys designed for physical play that help with coordination and balance Sharp-edged toys; small objects and toys with small parts that kids can swallow; stuffed animals with loosely sewn parts
3-6 years Toys that encourage creative and imaginative play: play sets and action figures, dollhouses and accessories, battery-powered ride-on toys, cars and other remote-controlled toys; Learning toys that teach basic skills and encourage a love of learning Sharp-edged objects like scissors, electrical toys, and remote-control toys operated without adult supervision
Toy Category Age Range
Dolls and Action Figures
Dollhouses and large doll furniture 3+ years
Dolls and action figures 3/4+ years
Toy trucks 5+ years
Plush dolls 1+ years
Arts and Crafts
Play sand and Play-Doh 3+ years
Easels 3+ years
Crayons, coloring books, and kids' paint 2+ years
Educational
Interactive toy tablets and smartphones 2+ years
Teaching tablets/electronics 6+ years
Kids' digital cameras 3+ years
Games and Puzzles
4D puzzles 5+ years
Building Sets and Blocks
Oversized blocks 3+ years
Small blocks and complicated building sets/models 6+ years
Train and car tracks/sets (non-electric) 3+ years
Pretend Play
Kitchens and other household-themed play sets 3+ years
Food 3+ years
Tools and workbenches 3+ years
Money 3+ years
Cookware and cleaning products 3+ years
Dress-up clothes 3-4 years
Toddler and Baby
Rattles and teethers 3+ months
Crib and floor gyms 0-6 months
Mobiles and safety mirrors 0-6 months
Nesting and stacking toys 6 months-1 year
Push/pull and walking toys 9 months-1+ years
Blocks and pop-up toys 1-3 years
Bikes and Ride-Ons
Ride-ons and motorbikes 3-7 years
Wagons 3+ years
Wide-platform or three-wheeled scooters 2-3 years
Scooters 5+ years
Rockers 2+ years
Feet-propelled ride-ons 1-2 years
Electronics
Remote-controlled cars, drones, and planes 8+ years
Interactive and remote-controlled animals 6+ years
Outdoor
Toy guns/blasters/crossbows 6+ years
Tunnels and tents 3+ years


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