The Australian Toy Safety Standards Essay

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Classification toy
- Teaches children how to classify
- Children must put the correct block in the appropriate cut-out hole
- The box and the blocks that fit in the hole are made of soft foam to meet the Australian Toy Safety Standards
- The box as rounded corners so during play, children will not hurt themselves
- Encourages physical growth, solitary and active play
- The child will learn how to group according to more than one feature of the object
(The Australian Toy Safety Standards state that toys for children under the age of 3 must not have small parts that come off after wear and tear. This prevents choking, suffocation or death. Building blocks must also be smoothly finished.)

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