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Selecting Developmentally appropriate Toys and Equipment

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  1. Selecting Developmentally appropriate Toys and Equipment

  2. TOYS • The word “Toy” comes from an old English term that means :TOOL • Toys are TOOLS for a child. • With these tools, children are allowed to use their senses, fine and gross motor skills, and their imaginations. • Cognitive and social skills are also increased as a child plays with toys. • Toys are valuable TEACHING tools.

  3. In your table group ask each other these questions: • What were the toys that you liked when you were younger? • What makes a toy interesting to a child?

  4. What is a safe toy? • A child’s chronological age and developmental age can be quite different. • Choosing an appropriate toy is determined by their development. This is referred to as Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) • A toy that is developmentally inappropriate is not considered safe for a child to be playing with. Babies can’t show the universal sign for choking!

  5. SELECTING of TOYS • Make sure the toy is DAP • Toys for age-appropriate development of the child • Soft & Cuddling Toys • Dolls, stuffed animals, etc. • Manipulation/Small Motor Skill Toys • Blocks, puzzles, snap blocks, beads, counting bears, etc. • Large Motor Skill Toys • Tricycles/bikes, balls, jump ropes, scooters, etc. • Dramatic Play • Dress-up clothes, furniture and accessories, etc.

  6. SAFETY ISSUES • SIZE of toy and pieces • Larger than a choke tube • No SHARP edges or points • Broken toys should be fixed or thrown away • NON-TOXIC materials • Avoid all painted toys for babies & toddlers • DURABLE, WASHABLE and CLEAN • Toy’s that won’t break easily • Toys that can be cleaned easily

  7. CHILD PROTECTION & SAFETY ACT • Passage of this act was influenced by complaints regarding the safety of many toys. • The CHILD PROTECTION and TOY SAFETY ACT was passed in 1969. • Gave Food and Drug Administration the authority to remove and keep off the market toys and other products that are dangerous to children.

  8. Toys should be: • AGE- APPROPRIATE (DAP) • Check the suggested age on the packagin • SAFE • This applies to new and used toys • Be sure to check that used toys have not been recalled • TEACH a Skill or Concept • Aide in one of the 5 areas of Child Development • FUN - FUN - FUN!!!