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Age Appropriate Activities

Most children’s products come with a recommended age group. It is important to remember that for safety reasons all educators should be familiar with the recommended ages for all toys. Even when following recommended ages an educator needs to be sure that the children are able to safely use the products and tools. We also need to know what is interesting to individual children to assess whether or not the materials are individually appropriate. Not all children will be interested in the same topics or activities. We can think of creative ways to teach children. For example, think about how you teach the ABC’s. There are actually a variety of different ways to teach early literacy! Educators can use letter blocks build, books to read, play dough to make letters, housekeeping props, like food containers that contain words, writing materials and songs to help children learn the ABC’s.


Age Group 01

You want to choose toys that allow children to use their senses and explore and experiment, such as non-breakable mirrors, rattles, teething toys, soft picture books, easy to grasp toys to pull apart (stacking rings, etc.).

Age Group 02


You can choose items that help children continue to experiment both cognitively and physically, such as board books, cause and effect toys, toys that encourage movement (push toys, tunnels, balls, etc.), simple instruments and blocks.

Age Group 03


You can choose items that help children use their growing imaginations and physical skills: pretend play toys, books, dramatic play items (e.g., costumes, puppets), craft items (e.g., fat crayons, playdoh, paint), and toys for physical activities.

All ages (Birth to 5)

All Ages

You want to choose toys that can be used for a variety of developmental stages and open-ended play opportunities and are safe for all ages. Toys, such as blocks, balls, instruments, pretend play toys, dolls, a variety of book levels, etc. are good choices.