Building blocks are brightly coloured toy blocks or nesting cubes, usually made of plastic or wood, that can provide young children with creative and constructive play as they stack and knock down their creations.
Most building blocks are safe if used appropriately. But children can choke or cut themselves if the building blocks are not properly made or have additional parts that are not age-appropriate.
When buying and using building blocks for infants, check they have no parts that can break off and no sharp edges as children can:
choke on small parts of a building blocks set or on broken parts of brittle plastic blocks
suffer cuts from the sharp edges of broken brittle plastic blocks
suffer splinters if wooden blocks are not smoothly finished.
The mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age came into effect on 17 December 2003. It covers specific testing methods, as well as design and construction requirements.