CHILD CARE EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS LIST
Infants *Note: All toys for, and accessible to, infants must be of a size and construction appropriate for infants
Birth to 3 months: Rattles Large rings Squeeze & sucking toys Cardboard or vinyl books with high-contrast
Mobile located within baby’s vision
illustrations 4 to 6 months: Soft doll Texture balls
All of the above plus:
Toys that make noise when batted, squeezed or
mouthed 7 to 12 months: Rag & baby dolls Stuffed animals Puppets Large soft blocks Rubber or large plastic balls Nesting toys Cloth or soft vinyl books with bright pictures Soft plastic or wooden vehicles with wheels 12 to 18 months: All of the above plus: Surprise or music box Board books with simple stories and pictures Recordings with songs and rhymes Fat non-toxic crayons Large blank paper Assorted blocks All of the above plus:
Wide watercolour markers Old magazines to tear
People, animals and vehicles made of wood or rubber Sand and water toys Large cardboard boxes to crawl in
1. Prop kits - examples:
Supermarket - cash register (can be homemade cardboard box), plastic fruit & vegetables, play money (can be homemade), paper or plastic grocery bags, scale, shopping baskets, empty food boxes & containers (cereal, margarine, etc.)
Hospital - white or green shirts, stethoscope, band-aids, gauze, clipboard with paper & pencil, hospital gowns, old sheet (solid colour), play thermometer, play doctor’s kit
Home Child Care: A Caregiver’s Guide.
Ottawa: Child Care Providers
Association, 1994. Health and Welfare Canada.
Facilities and Equipment for Day Care Centres.
National Health and Welfare Social Service Programs Branch, 1984. Olds, Anita Rui. Child Care Design Guide. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.