The focus ought not be on appearance or price. The basis for purchasing toys for children ought to be safety and educational stimulation.
Make sure that parts do not detach easily, hence posing a choking hazard for children between ages 0 to 8 years. Also, toys with sharp edges or sharp inner parts may protrude through outer material and cause scratching or cuts. Avoid these for this age group as well.
Discard of packaging material. Do not allow the child to play with them as this may lead to strangulation or suffocation.
Packaging material may be toxic or contain toxic material, eg, silica crystals. Keep these out of reach of small children.
The Consumer Affairs Commission has conducted a random survey of the market and has not found any of the most recently recalled toys on the shelves of the surveyed stores.