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Young Infants (Birth - 6 months)

  • Crib mirrors
  • Soft-bodied or rag dolls
  • Washable soft animals
  • Simple hand puppets (for adult use)
  • Crib mobiles
  • Simple rattles and teething toys
  • Crib and play gyms
  • Musical CDs and tapes with lullabies, rhythm songs, etc.

Older Infants (7 months - 1 year)

  • Crib mirrors
  • Soft-bodied or rag dolls
  • Washable soft animals
  • Soft rubber or vinyl animals
  • Simple hand puppets (for adult use)
  • One-piece vehicles or cars (without small movable parts)
  • Teething toys
  • Squeeze-squeak toys
  • Simple stacking toys
  • A few large, lightweight blocks
  • Cloth or plastic picture books
  • Rattles and lightweight banging materials
  • Push toys
  • Clutch and texture balls
  • Musical CDs with lullabies, rhythm songs

Young Toddlers (1 year)

  • Soft-bodied or washable baby dolls
  • Simple doll clothes and accessories
  • Dress-up materials
  • Small hand puppets to fit child’s hand
  • Large vehicles for pushing
  • Large beads for stringing
  • Cards or wooden shoe for lacing
  • Pop-up boxes
  • Shape sorters
  • Color/picture dominoes
  • Sturdy picture, story or rhyme books
  • Large, non-toxic crayons and markers
  • Simple doll carriages and wagons
  • Push toys that look like adult equipment (lawn mower, vacuum, etc.)
  • Balls for kicking and throwing

Older Toddlers (2 years)

  • Soft-bodied or washable baby dolls
  • Simple doll clothes and accessories
  • Dress-up materials
  • Small hand puppets to fit child’s hand
  • Small cars, people, animals
  • Larger vehicles for pushing
  • Large beads for stringing
  • Cards or wooden shoe for lacing
  • Pop-up boxes
  • Shape sorters
  • Color/picture dominoes
  • Sturdy picture, story or rhyme books
  • Large, non-toxic crayons and markers
  • Simple doll carriages and wagons
  • Push toys that look like adult equipment (lawn mower, vacuum, etc.)
  • Balls for kicking and throwing

Preschool (3 - 5 years)

  • Baby dolls and care-taking accessories
  • Child-proportioned dolls and clothes
  • Role relevant toys (cash register, doctor materials, etc.)
  • Housekeeping equipment
  • Play scenes (small animals and figures, with barns, garages, etc.)
  • Wooden unit blocks and plastic bricks
  • Large, simple jigsaw puzzles
  • Block printing materials
  • Simple sewing cards
  • Bingo or simple card games
  • Storybooks
  • Non-toxic paint materials
  • Rhythm and blowing instruments
  • Recorded music for singing
  • Full-size scooters, child-size tricycles
  • Jump ropes, lightweight flying discs

School Age (6 - 12 years)

  • Baby dolls and care-taking accessories
  • Child-proportioned dolls and clothes
  • Role-play materials (play money, office supplies, etc.)
  • Puppets and simple puppet theater
  • Realistic small people and supporting materials for model scenes
  • Accurate model animals and dinosaurs
  • Replica cars and vehicles with moving parts
  • Three-dimensional and jigsaw puzzles
  • Complex construction toys and materials
  • Bead stringing, weaving, and sewing materials
  • Printing and book-making materials
  • Board games and beginning strategy games (Chinese checkers, checkers, etc.)
  • Poetry, rhymes, humor and adventure books
  • Art supplies
  • Jewelry and craft kits
  • Simple musical instruments (recorders, percussion, etc.)
  • Music for singing and movement (folkdance, etc.)
  • Recordings of books being read aloud
  • Sports equipment for beginning team play

Teens (13 - 17 years)

  • Popular music CDs or DVDs
  • Discman or MP3 players
  • Portable stereos, speakers and headphones
  • Video games
  • Cosmetic and bath sets
  • Cologne or perfume
  • Jewelry
  • Purses or wallets
  • Watches
  • Complex construction sets
  • Science project materials
  • Scale-model kits
  • Camping equipment
  • Sports equipment
  • Skateboards with helmets
  • Gift certificates (movie theaters, music or clothing stores, etc.)

                                                                                                          
 

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