Age 7 - 12 Months

All Toys


  • Infants 7-9 months interested in longer and more extensive exploration of toys. Infants of this age like to:
    • bang
    • insert
    • poke
    • twist
    • squeeze
    • drop
    • shake
    • bite
    • throw
    • open and shut
    • empty and fill
  • Infants 10-12 months show beginning interest in object mastery and like many objects to explore. Infants of this age like:
    • stacking.
    • putting in and taking out.
    • fitting one object into another.
    • opening and closing.
    • pressing levers.
    • turning things (not unscrewing yet).
    • push balls and cars.
  • Generally, infants in this age range are interested in:
    • operating simple mechanisms.
    • containers and the container/contained relationship.
    • appearing and disappearing objects.
  • As at earlier ages infants enjoy producing effects by their own actions:
    • safe for mouthing.
    • non-toxic materials.
    • no sharp points or edges.
    • nonbreakable; no glass or brittle plastic.
    • no small parts to be lodged in throat, ears, nose.
    • no parts to entrap fingers, toes, hand.
    • no long strings.

Active Play


  • Push and Pull Toys
    • push toys without rods (simple cars, animals on wheels or rollers).
  • Ride-On Toys - not suited to age group
  • Outdoor and Gym Equipment
    • infant swings (with adult supervision).
    • soft low climbing platform for crawlers.
  • Sports Equipment
    • transparent balls
    • chime balls
    • flutter balls
    • action balls
  • All balls given to this age group should be at least 1-3/4 inches (44 millimeters) in diameter; however, if any object appears to fit easily in the child's mouth, keep it away from the child).

Manipulative Play


  • Construction Toys
    • soft blocks.
    • rubber blocks.
    • rounded wood blocks.
  • Puzzles - from about 10 months:
    • brightly colored, lightweight crib and playpen puzzles (2-3) pieces
  • Pattern-Making Toys - not suited to age group
  • Manipulative Toys
    • teethers
    • light sturdy cloth toys
    • toys on suction cups
    • small, hand-held manipulables.
    • disks/keys on rings
    • squeeze/squeak toys
    • roly-poly toys
    • activity boxes and cubes
    • pop-up boxes (easy operation)
    • containers with object to empty and fill
    • large rubber or plastic pop beads
    • simple nesting cups
    • stacking ring cones (few rings and safe stick)
    • graspable (unbreakable) mirror toys which can be held and played with
  • Children lose interest in crib gyms and toys suspended above when he/she can sit up and move about (crib gyms can create a strangulation hazard; stop using when child can push up on hands and knees at about 5 months of age)
  • Dressing, Lacing, Stinging Toys - not suited to age group
  • Sand and Water Play Toys
    • activity boxes for bath
    • simple floating toys

Creative Play - Arts, crafts, music


  • Musical Instruments
    • rubber or wood blocks that rattle or tinkle.
  • Art and Craft Materials - from about 12 months
    • large paper.
    • large crayons for scribbling.
  • Audio-Visual Equipment (Adult Operated)
    • records, tapes, or CDs (simple songs, lullabies, music with simple rhythms).
    • music boxes

Make Believe Play


  • Dolls
    • soft baby dolls, soft-bodied dolls, or rag dolls - all with molded (not loose) hair.
  • Stuffed Toys
    • small plush animals.
    • music box animals (operated and monitored for safety by adults).
    • grab-on soft toys.
    • big soft toys for hugging and roughhousing.
  • Puppets
    • soft hand puppets - child may handle but must be operated by adults.
  • Role-Play Materials
    • low mounted mirrors (large, unbreakable) to see self sit, creep, crawl, etc.
  • Play Scenes (Including Small Figures) - not suited to age group
  • Transportation Toys
    • simple push cars (one-piece).
  • Projectile Toys - not suited to age group

Learning Play


  • Games - not suited to age group
  • Specific Skill Development Toys - not suited to age group
  • Books
    • cloth books.
    • plastic books.
    • small cardboard books.
Note: Some Children enjoy "Lap Reading" (being read to) from this age onward. When adult-held, paper picture books are appropriate.