We know children develop at different rates, so rather than guess based on your child's age, we want to give you the opportunity to customize your box to your child's current play level.

See the following descriptions of each play level to make the appropriate selection for your little one.*

* Please note that these are just meant as guidelines. There is a wide range of what is considered normal and each child is unique and develops at their own pace.

Infant

Play Levels
image description Physical
image description Cognitive
image description Infant Milestones
0-5 Months
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • Opens and closes hands
  • Grasps rattle
  • Reaches for objects
  • Transfers objects between hands
  • Holds head steady, unsupported
  • When lying on stomach, pushes up to elbows
  • Follows moving objects
  • Recognizes familiar objects and people at a distance
  • Starts using hands and eyes in coordination
  • Prefers soft to coarse sensations
  • Explores with hands and mouth
  • Laughs
  • Struggles to get objects that are out of reach
  • Imitates some movements & expressions
6-12 Months
  • Sits with and without support of hands
  • Gets to sitting position without help
  • Scoots forward on belly
  • Gets from sitting to crawling position
  • Pulls self up to stand
  • Walks holding on to furniture
  • Bounces to music
  • Explores objects in different ways
  • Finds hidden objects easily
  • Looks at correct picture when the image is named
  • Imitates gestures
  • Begins to use objects correctly
  • Interested in mirror images
  • Enjoys social play and imitating people
  • Prefers certain people and toys
  • Tests parental response
  • Looks for and can determine where a sound is coming from
  • Responds to their name most of the time
  • Waves goodbye
  • Looks where you point when you say, "Look at the _________."
  • Babbles with intonation (voice rises and falls as if speaking in sentences).
  • "Talks" back and forth with you (listens and pays attention to you when you speak and resumes babbling when you stop)
  • Says at least 1 word.
  • Points to items they want that are out of reach

Toddler

Play Levels
image description Physical
image description Cognitive
image description Toddler Milestones
13-18 Months
  • Walks alone
  • Walks up stairs with help
  • Easier to pick up small objects with thumb and forefinger
  • Pulls toys behind them
  • Builds towers of up to four blocks, then knocks them down
  • Covers and uncovers boxes or other containers
  • Can roll a ball
  • Turns knobs and pages
  • Puts round pegs into holes
  • Scribbles and paints
  • Imitation is a big part of the learning process
  • Draws on facts already learned; increased memory
  • Speaks several words
19-24 Months
  • Puts large square pegs into matching holes
  • Makes shapes from clay or dough
  • Stacks up to five or six blocks
  • Takes toys apart and puts them back together
  • Sorts by shape and color
  • Plays make-believe
  • Quickly picks up new words from books read aloud and from hearing everyday conversations
2 Years
  • Can easily move parts on toys
  • Screws and unscrews jar lids, nuts, and bolts
  • Turns rotating handles
  • Kicks a ball
  • Completes simple puzzles
  • Turns the pages of a book
  • Builds a tower six blocks high or higher (by age 3)
  • Pulls off shoes
  • Makes up-and-down, side-to-side, and circular lines
  • Holds a pencil in writing position
  • Playing make-believe is a hallmark of this age
  • Matches an object in hand or room to a picture in a book
  • Begins to understand simple time concepts, such as "You can play after you finish eating."
  • Begins to recognize the purpose of numbers when counting
  • Develops understanding of cause and effect
  • Interested in winding up toys and turning things on and off
  • Sorts objects by shape and color
3 Years
  • Jumps in place
  • Rides a tricycle
  • Jumps forward
  • Balances briefly on 1 foot
  • Builds a tower of 8-10 blocks
  • Draws a circle or "O"
  • Lifts and drinks from a cup and places it back on a table
  • Catches a large ball thrown from 5-8 feet
  • Strings 5 large beads
  • Uses full sentences
  • Uses plurals
  • Can tell a story
  • Turns one page of a book at a time
  • Knows own first and last name
  • Uses (mostly) intelligible speech
  • Plays with peers (rather than side by side/parallel play)
  • Washes hands
  • Buttons clothes or dresses self

Between 1 and 2 Years of Age

  • Follows simple commands, first with gestures, and then later when words are used alone
  • Gets objects from another room when asked
  • Points to a few body parts when asked
  • Points to interesting objects or events to get you to look at them
  • Brings things to you to show you
  • Points to objects so you will name them
  • Names a few common objects and pictures when asked
  • Enjoys pretending (for example, pretend cooking). They will often use a favorite stuffed animal or doll.
  • Learns about 1 new word per week between 1½ and 2 years

By 2 Years of Age

  • Points to many body parts and common objects, including pictures in books
  • Follows 1-step commands without gestures
  • Able to say about 50 to 100 words
  • Says several 2-word sentences and phrases like "All gone."

2-3 Year Milestones

  • Follows a two- or three-part command
  • Recognizes and identifies almost all common objects
  • Understands most sentences and uses 4- to 5-word sentences
  • Can say name, age, and sex
  • Uses pronouns (I, you, me, we, they) and some plurals (cars, dogs)
  • Imitates adults and playmates
  • Can take turns in games
  • Understands concept of "mine" and "his/hers"
  • Names a friend
  • Separates from parent easily
  • Understands words like "in", "on", and "under"