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6. Examples of Dangerous and Safe Toys by Age Group

a. Up to 2 years old

1) Dangerous toys
(a) Sponge or Nerf-type items that a child may bite.

(b) Toys that are small enough to swallow.

(c) Toys with small removable parts.

(d) Stuffed animals or dolls with glass or button eyes, attachments, or hair that can be pulled out and eaten.

2) Safe toys
(a) Sturdy rattles (watch inside parts)

(b) Large beads on strong cord

(c) Large balls (soft, not Nerf-type balls)

(d) Large one-piece bath toys and cups

(e) Containers and objects for "putting into and emptying" play

(f) Large and medium boxes

(g) Push and pull toys

(h) Toys to ride, pushing with feet

(i) Rubber or cloth dolls with no small removable parts or hair

(j) Plastic dishpans for water, bubbles, or sand

(k) Pots, pans, and spoons

b. 2 to 3 years old
1) Dangerous toys
(a) Toys with sharp edges

(b) Objects with small removable parts

(c) Poisonous or lead paint

(d) Marbles, jacks, beads, and coins

(e) Flammable toys

(f) Liquid crayon

(g) Poorly balanced riding toys

2) Safe toys
(a) Floor trains, cars, and boats (nonelectrical)

(b) Large peg boards

(c) Wooden animals

(d) Large crayons (only those labeled nontoxic)

(e) Wooden puzzles with large pieces (6 to 10 pieces)

(f) Clothes for dress-up

(g) Big wheeled toys to ride

(h) Balls, books, and large blocks

(i) Music (child must not use record player alone)

c. 3 to 6 years old
1) Dangerous toys
(a) Sharp or cutting toys

(b) Flammable costumes

(c) Electrical toys

(d) Shooting games and guns (a danger to eyes)

(e) Poisonous paint sets

(f) Poorly balanced trikes, bikes, wagons, and ride-on toys

(g) Cement-type glue or Crazy Glue

2) Safe toys
(a) Easel and nontoxic washable paints and paint books

(b) Basins, sponges, and soap for bubbles or dishwashing

(c) Nontoxic bubbles for blowing

(d) Nonelectric trains

(e) Blocks

(f) Dolls and equipment

(g) Action figures

(h) Blackboards and dustless chalk

(i) Modeling clay

(j) Games including Picture Lotto, Mousetrap, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and Lego. Look on the side of the box for appropriate age groups.

k. 6 to 12 years old

1) Dangerous toys
(a) Nonapproved electrical toys. Check toys to be sure they bear the UL (Underwriter's Laboratory) label. Check cords for patency.

(b) Sharp tools

(c) Poorly made sports equipment

(d) Shooting toys

(e) Bicycles that are either poorly balanced or have parts in need of repair

(f) Cement-type glue or Crazy Glue

2) Safe toys
(a) Video games (supervise electrical set-up)

(b) Hobby kits (instruct in use of glue)

(c) Crafts, games (such as checkers), crayons, construction sets, clay, and washable finger paints

(d) Tape recorders and record players (check electrical cords)

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. Toys handled by the wrong age group can be very dangerous. For example, toys that are safe for the 6 year-old may be dangerous to the toddling sibling. Have older children play with their toys, which may be unsafe for the younger ones, in an area inaccessible to younger siblings. Have older children pick up toys immediately after play to prevent accidents. You can make a game of this to encourage compliance.

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