Toys & Games descriptions

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General Merchandise

This Department is currently being used as an area that contains all items not belonging to another conventional Department.

Toys & Games

Products intended for play, mainly aimed at children but also including young adults and adults.

TOY STORAGE

Products intended for storing and protecting toys.

TOY CADDIES

Portable containers for toy storage.

TOY BOXES & CHESTS

Containers for toy storage, not meant to be portable. Often decorated with images for children — animals, vehicles, etc.

PRETEND PLAY SETS & ACCESSORIES

Toys mimicking real-life activities or scenarios, such as stores, kitchens, workshops, etc.

OTHER PRETEND PLAY SETS

Pretend play sets that aren't defined in other nodes under the Pretend Play Sets & Accessories Subcategory

PRETEND PLAY FOOD ITEMS

Play food (fruits, vegetables, milk jugs) made for use with kitchen sets.

PRETEND PLAY KITCHEN APPLIANCES

Toy appliances (mixers, blenders, etc.) designed for use with play kitchen sets.

PRETEND PLAY KITCHEN SETS

Play kitchen set, including shelves, appliances, cabinets, etc.

PRETEND PLAY STORE ACCESSORIES

Items intended as accessories to Pretend Play Store Set (sold separately). May include hardware, such as screws, hammers, screwdrivers, etc.; or food products, such as fruits, vegetables, milk jugs, etc.

PRETEND PLAY STORE SETS

Play store sets. May include store shelves, check out register, products (for “purchase”), etc.

PRETEND PLAY WORKBENCHES

Mini-replica of workbench. May include pretend saw or other tools, including special pieces that can be hammered into or removed from bench.

CHALKBOARDS & MAGNETIC BOARDS

CHALKBOARDS & MAGNETIC BOARDS

Stand-up magnetic boards, chalkboards, or whiteboards. May be double-sided with different surfaces on either side.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Replicas of musical instruments, including maracas, castanets, ukuleles, etc.

DOLLHOUSES & ACCESSORIES

Dollhouses are mini-replicas of homes, intended to complement play with dolls.

DOLLHOUSE ACCESSORIES

Extra parts for dollhouses, such as hardware, covers, or decorative items (lamps, rugs, etc.)

DOLLHOUSE FURNITURE

Wooden mini-replica furniture intended as supplemental items for dollhouses . Examples include couches, chairs, tables, etc.

DOLLHOUSES

Mini-replica of a house, intended to be a “home” for doll toys . Includes different rooms, as well as relevant accessories for each section of the home.

PLAY VEHICLES

Mini-replicas of various types of vehicles. Play vehicles usually feature axels and wheels so users can roll the toys.

CARS

Mini-replica of car. Much smaller than ride-on cars and not intended to be used as a play vehicle. Fitted with four wheels and rolls forward and backward when pushed.

BOATS

Mini-replica of boat. Much smaller than ride-on boats and not intended to be used as a play vehicle. May or may not be fitted with wheels to roll on flat surfaces.

FARM VEHICLES

Mini-replicas of farm vehicles. Includes tractors, trailers, etc. Much smaller than ride-on farm vehicles and not intended to be used as a play vehicle. Fitted with four wheels and rolls forward and backward when pushed.

FIRE TRUCKS

Mini-replica of fire truck. Much smaller than ride-on truck and not intended to be used as a play vehicle. Fitted with four wheels and rolls forward and backward when pushed.

MOTORCYCLES

Mini-replica of motorcycles. Much smaller than ride-on motorcycles and not intended to be used as a play vehicle. Fitted with two wheels and rolls forward and backward when pushed. May be themed versions for police, military, etc.

PLANES & HELICOPTERS

Mini-replica of planes and helicopters. May be fitted with wheels to roll forward and backward when pushed. Because these models are not remote controlled, they don’t have actual flying capabilities.

TRAIN ACCESSORIES

Additional parts for non-wood trains that do not come in sets. Examples include trees, decor, ground cover, figurines, watchtower, etc.

TRAINS & TRAIN SETS

Mini-replica of train and/or train set. Fitted with wheels and rolls forward and backward when pushed. May include tracks and other accessories, such as trees, buildings, etc.

TRUCK ACCESSORIES

Additional parts to supplement non-wood truck toys, including figurines, trailers, cones, bins, etc.

TRUCKS

Mini-replica of truck. Much smaller than ride-on truck and not intended to be used as a play vehicle. Fitted with four wheels and rolls forward and backward when pushed.

VEHICLE SETS

Mini-replicas of road vehicles, sold as a set. May include cars, trucks, tractors, buses, etc. Much smaller than ride-on vehicles and not intended to be used as play vehicles. Fitted with four wheels and roll forward and backward when pushed.

MOTOR SKILLS TOYS

Toys intended to develop motor skills of the user. Usually intended for small children.

BLOCKS

3-D shapes (cubes, pyramids, cylinders, etc.) made to be stacked on one another to create various structures.

EDUCATIONAL BOARDS

Board with educational content for young children (alphabet, shapes, etc.)

HAMMERING & POUNDING TOYS

Toys and games that include and encourage hammering or pounding on objects to make them move, bounce, or fall.

JACOB'S LADDERS

Toy consisting of blocks held together by strings or ribbons. Blocks fold onto each other and stack to create a small tower. When held only at one end, the blocks appear to cascade down the strings, creating an optical illusion.

SHAPE SORTING TOYS

Toy consisting of a larger container and several pieces of various shapes. Container has cut-outs of individual shapes that will only fit to a specific smaller piece (i.e. star-shaped cut-out only fits star-shaped piece; circular cut-out only fits circular piece, etc.)

STACKING TOWERS

Toy consisting of a stand with a long peg and several rings of various sizes. Can be organized onto peg by placing largest ring on the bottom, then repeatedly stacking next smallest ring above. This process eventually creates a conical shape.

THREADING GAMES

Toys with various pieces connected to central string or thread. Children can move and stack pieces along thread to join to separate.

MODELS

MODELS

Mini-replicas of various objects, built to scale. Examples include ships, machines, manikins, etc.

PUZZLES

A game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuty (i.e. jigsaw puzzle) or knowledge (i.e. crossword puzzle).

FLAT PUZZLES

Standard puzzle. May include a larger block with cut-out of larger puzzle outline, but individual pieces are not fitted with pegs.

LABYRINTHS

A complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way; similar to a maze. May include a stylus to allow user to trace path of labyrinth.

MAGNETIC PUZZLES

Puzzles equipped with magnets so pieces will stay on board or attract each other.

MAZES

Maze carved out of material other than wood. Often placed on moveable axles that allow user to tilt board and guide small marble throughout maze in an effort to solve it.

PEG PUZZLES

Peg puzzles usually consist of a board with a cut-out of a larger puzzle outline. Each piece of the puzzle is fitted with its own peg to make them easily moveable for children.

PUZZLE BOOKS

Books with a different puzzle on each page. These puzzles are different from jigsaw puzzles, consisting of games such as sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc.

3D PUZZLES

Puzzles that are built upright, rather than lying on a flat surface. May be sold with an upright puzzle board to hold puzzle pieces steady while being built. May have added dimensions to create a form resembling an object (ball) or structure (bridge).

BOWLING PINS

BOWLING PINS

Play pins shaped like standard bowling pins. Typically intended for indoor use with accompanying bowling ball.

RIDE ON TOYS

Toys intended to be ridden on or pulled along. Equipped with wheels so user can roll around while riding.

PUSH PULL MOWERS

Toy designed to resemble a reel mower, with two rolling wheels and a connecting shaft and handle.

RIDE ON ANIMALS

Ride-on, self-propelled toy with four wheels, designed to resemble animals, such as horses, cows, unicorns, etc. These toys are moved by walking feet forward or backward.

RIDE ON BOATS

Ride-on toy with curved bottom that allows for rocking back and forth. Designed to look like a boat, but doesn’t float in water.

RIDE ON CARS

Ride-on, self-propelled toy with four wheels, designed to resemble a car. These toys are moved by walking feet forward or backward.

RIDE ON MOTORCYCLES

Ride-on, self-propelled toy with two wheels, designed to resemble a motorcycle. These toys are moved by walking feet forward or backward.

RIDE ON ROCKING ANIMALS

Ride-on toy with curved bottom that allows for rocking back and forth, as opposed to having four legs (like a chair) that would keep toy level. Designs include cows, sheep, dogs, etc.

RIDE ON TRACTORS

Ride-on, self-propelled toy with four wheels, designed to resemble a tractor. These toys are moved by walking feet forward or backward.

RIDE ON TRICYCLES & BICYCLES

Self-propelled toy with either two (bicycle) or three (tricycle) wheels. Rather than having pedals like a standard bi/tricycle, these toys are moved by walking feet forward or backward.

RAMPS & RUN SETS

Sets that allow user to roll items (balls, vehicles, etc.) along a track.

VEHICLE RAMP SETS

Small structure, typically with four descending levels that toy cars to travel down in a zig-zag pattern. Each level is slanted so that toy cars naturally roll down, but the angle of the slant is opposite at each level (if the first level is higher on the right, the second level would be higher on the left). This side-to-side path continues down each level until the toy car reaches the bottom, when it then rolls off the toy structure and onto the floor (or whatever surface the structure is on).

MARBLE RUNS

Structure fitted with a thin track, wide enough to fit a small glass marble. The run will typically include several features, including descending spirals, varying height levels, etc.

ANIMAL FIGURES

ANIMAL FIGURES

Mini-models of various animals, including dogs, giraffes, cows, etc.

ARCADE GAMES

ARCADE GAMES

Replica at-home arcade games, typically smaller than original versions, including skeeball, pinball, arcade basketball, etc.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Toys intended for decorative design and creation.

APRONS & SMOCKS

Layer of clothing placed over regular clothing to protect against stains or other damage from arts and crafts activities. Aprons cover only the chest and abdomen region, while smocks also have sleeves.

BEADING & JEWELRY MAKING

Products involved in beading and jewelry making include beads, cords, threads, clasps, findings, chains, engraving machines and tools, etc.

CLAY & DOUGH SUPPLIES

Moldable clay and dough products, made to be shaped into objects or models by children. Other supplies include rollers, cutters, stampers, dough scissors, etc.

CRAFT KITS

Single package that includes all needed materials for themed crafting, including string art kits, firefly light craft kits, terrarium kits, etc.

DRAWING SUPPLIES

Products for drawing activities, including colored pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, lead pencils, mats, stencils, rock painting, coloring books, stickers, etc.

EASELS

A self-supporting wooden frame for holding artists’ work while it is being drawn or painted. Usually supported by three legs, with the stand for canvas or paper resting on two front legs.

PAINTING SUPPLIES

Products for painting activities, including various types of paints, brushes, canvas, paper, etc.

PIPE CLEANERS & POM POMS

Pipe cleaners consist of a few thin, bendable pieces of wire, wound around each other and covered with a thin layer of cotton, nylon or other soft materials that form an outer layer of short bristles. Pom poms are small, colorful, circular pieces of felt or other soft material, used in crafting, generally glued onto other objects.

SCRATCH PAPER & SHRINK PAPER

Scratch paper is black paper intended to be scratched (with a thin, pointed piece of wood or plastic) to reveal color beneath. The paper may appear to be all black, but with a simple scratch, the rainbow of colors is revealed underneath. Shrink paper is made of a thin type of plastic. It’s used in crafts for designs that can be made large and later shrunk to a fraction of the original size to create durable embellishments.

STAMPING SUPPLIES & SETS

Includes stamps, ink pads, and sold in full sets.

STICKERS

Adhesive label, notice, or design, printed or illustrated. May be sold as a single sticker or in a pack that includes many stickers.

WIGGLE EYES & RAINBOW POPSICLE STICKS

Wiggle eyes are round plastic pieces with a flat back (easily glues onto other surfaces) and a transparent plastic front with a detached black circle inside that moves freely, resembling an eyeball. Rainbow popsicle sticks are multi-colored wooden sticks, the same used for popsicles, but intended for crafting.

BABY & TODDLER TOYS

Toys designed for children aged 3 years or younger.

BABY BATH TOYS

Toys for babies intended for use in the bathtub. Examples include squirts, floaters, water slides, etc.

RATTLES & PLUSH RINGS

Rattles are oblong, hollow toy, made of wood or plastic, filled with small beads that make a rattling sound when shaken. Plush rings are soft-sided, stuffed rings made to be stacked or otherwise played with.

TEETHERS

Toys that babies can put in their mouth when new teeth are developing. Typically made of various types of soft, gel-like plastic.

ACTIVITY CENTERS

Table or stand featuring several different games, toys, or activities for small children. May be elevated from ground on legs, or be placed directly on it.

BABY WALKERS

Walking assistant for young children. Consists of a base on wheels and an attached seat with with holes for legs to go through and reach floor. Babies can rest on the seat and push forward with their legs to move the walker back and forth. Also features a tray to place toys or food.

PULL TOYS

Toys with four wheels, equipped with a string. Meant to be pulled along the floor, rolling as the baby walks forward. May resemble an animal (alligator, dog, duck, etc.) or an item (car, football helmet, telephone, etc.)

COIN COLLECTING

Toys, kits, and accessories designed for coin collecting and storage.

COIN COLLECTING ACCESSORIES

Additional parts for coin collection hobby, including storage containers, collecting books, displays, etc.

COINS & BILLS

Coin and bill collection centers on official legal tender, typically commemorative, recovery coins and bills.

COSTUMES & ACCESSORIES

Costumes are themed outfits based on characters or caricatures. May be sold as a set or bought individually with accessories.

COSTUME WIGS

Faux hair that fits over head. Intended for use as part of a costume.

COSTUMES

Themed outfits based on characters or caricatures. Often include several accessories, such as crowns, capes, jewelry, etc.

HATS & TIARAS

Articles worn on head as part of costume. Tiaras are small crowns, typically meant for women royalty. Hats are any kind of head covering, may include a bill or other sort of side flap.

MASKS

Face covering worn as part of a costume. May be themed or resemble a particular person or animal.

DOLLS

Dolls are small figurines designed to be played with or displayed. May resemble a real person, a character, or a caricature.

ACTION FIGURES

A doll representing a personal or fictional character known for vigorous action, such as a soldier or superhero. The figure is typically posable, with jointed limbs.

BOBBLEHEADS

A figure with a disproportionately large head mounted on a spring so it bobs up and down, often made as a caricature of a famous person.

BABY DOLLS

Doll made to resemble a baby.

FASHION DOLLS

Dolls primarily designed to resemble fashion trends. Manufactured both for use as toys for children and as collectibles for adults.

NESTING DOLLS

Set of hollow dolls of different sizes that open up when pulled apart, designed so that each of the smaller dolls fits inside the next largest doll.

OTHER DOLLS

Dolls that don’t fit into any other defined subsets.

DOLL ACCESSORIES

Items to supplement non-wooden dolls, including clothing, tools, cookware, etc.

INSIDE PLAY STRUCTURES

Structures designed to be kept indoors and played on and around.

CLIMBING CUBES & RAMPS

Climbing cubes are structures of geometric shapes with “nooks and crannies” that children can climb on and around. Climbing ramps are low grade ramps that rise from ground level to a bit higher off the ground. Children climb up, on, and around the ramp.

CRAWL THROUGH TUNNELS

Soft-sided tube-shaped structures with open ends on both sides, designed for children to crawl through.

TEEPEES

Indoor tents resembling Native American shelters with canvas or fabric sides, triangular-shaped. Typically feature wooden support poles.

TENTS

A-frame structure resembling a tent that includes climbing steps along each side wall and an open structure for playing under tent sides.

LEARNING TOYS

Toys designed to help develop knowledge.

CHILDREN'S OPTICAL DEVICES

Children’s devices used for visual enhancement, including microscopes, telescopes, binoculars, spyglasses, sextants, etc.

COUNTING & MATH TOYS

Toys that incorporate counting objects and/or math problems. Includes sorting and stacking toys.

GLOBES

A spherical representation of the earth or of the constellations with a map on the surface. Typically placed on a stand with an axle running through the center of the globe to allow user to spin it around.

PLANT & ANIMAL HABITATS

Play sets that resemble natural habitats for various plants and animals, including ants, sea horses, butterflies, caterpillars, worms, turtles, etc.

READING TOYS & GAMES

Toys and games that encourage building reading skills, including diaries, notebooks, magnetic letters and words, handwriting aids, and reading and writing games.

ROCK TUMBLERS & ACCESSORIES

Polishing tool for at-home rock beautification. Users add rocks to central container, then add “grit” material and water, then spin the tumbler container on its axis until rocks are polished.

SCIENCE KITS & TOYS

Toys and kits designed to build awareness and knowledge of basic science concepts, including biology, physics, etc.

ACTIVITY BOOKS

An activity book is a type of book, generally aimed at children, which contains interactive content such as games, puzzles, quizzes, pictures to color and other elements that involve writing or drawing in the book itself. The book may have a loose narrative or contain other non-interactive elements structured around the interactive elements. Activity books may be made for entertainment, education or a mixture of both.

SOUND BOOKS

Books for children that include devices that play sound in accordance with the text of the book. Intended as educational materials for young children.

ACTIVITY CUBES

Soft-sided, enclosed cubes and chairs with removable trays that go in front of the baby and include various stimulating items, such as squeakers, mirrors, rattles, etc.

NOVELTY TOYS

Toys designed for a highly specific purpose (fidget toys) or aimed at accomplishing a specific task (spy toys).

COIL SPRING TOYS

Springs are coiled wire or hard plastic that compress with force and expand outward when released. Spring toys are those that are springs themselves or incorporate springs into their model.

DESKTOP TOYS

Toys designed for placement and use on desktop, either for distraction or focus, depending on user. Examples include magnetic balls, newton’s cradle, perpetual motion toys, etc.

FIDGET TOYS

Toys designed to direct fidgeting to a particular object, including spinners, squeezers, and bubblers.

FINGERBOARDS

Miniature plastic skateboard designed for use with fingers, rather than feet. User can move fingerboard around, roll it and perform tricks with it on any flat surface.

FORTUNE TELLING TOYS

Toys and games that result in a prediction of one’s future, including magic 8 balls, tarot cards, etc.

GAG TOYS

Toys meant to be jokes, including handshake zappers, whoopie cushions, etc.

JUGGLING OBJECTS

Sets of items meant to be juggled, such as juggling pins, balls, rings, etc.

CHILDREN'S BANKS

Container for coins and bills, designed for children as an at-home bank. Typically features a slot at the top for money insertion and a removable plug at the bottom for emptying. Comes in various designs, such as pigs, ATMs, castles, etc.

MAGIC KITS & PROPS

Sets featuring various items for doing magic tricks, including top hats, playing cards, wands, and other magic-related items.

MAGNETS & MAGNETIC TOYS

A magnet is a piece of iron that exhibits magnetic properties of attracting other iron-containing objects. Magnetic toys are those that contain magnets within them.

PRISMS & KALEIDOSCOPES

A prism is a glass or other transparent object with surfaced angled in a way that separates white light that passes through it into a spectrum of colors. A kaleidoscope is a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns that are visible through an eyehole when the tube is rotated.

SLIME & PUTTY TOYS

Slime and putty are soft, malleable pastes used as toys that come in various colors. Children can shape putty and slime as they play.

SPY & DETECTIVE TOYS

Toys useful for pretend spy activities, including lasers, night vision goggles, listening devices, binoculars, etc.

VIEWFINDERS

Toy consisting of an eyepiece and a rotating wheel that users place circular plates (featuring various small images) in. The small images aren’t visible to the naked eye, so viewfinder enlarges the images, which users can then rotate around to change the slides while looking through the eyepiece.

STUFFED ANIMALS, PLUSHES & ACCESSORIES

Toys resembling animals or other figures, stuffed with soft material.

STUFFED ANIMALS & PLUSH CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES

Additional parts for stuffed animals and plushies, including supplemental clothing outfits, shoes, hats, etc.

STUFFED ANIMALS & PLUSH PUPPETS

Toys made of fabric, stuffed with soft filling and designed to be used as puppets. Resemble animals or other characters.

REMOTE CONTROL VEHICLES & ACCESSORIES

Motorized vehicles that users play with through a remote control.

REMOTE CONTROL BOATS

Remote controlled boats. User places boat in water and controls its movement from afar.

REMOTE CONTROL CARS & TRUCKS

Remote controlled cars and trucks. User places car or truck on the ground and controls its movement from afar. Equipped with rubber or plastic wheels.

REMOTE CONTROL DRONES

Remote controlled drone. User places drone on ground and controls its takeoff and flight from afar.

REMOTE CONTROL PLANES & HELICOPTERS

Remote controlled planes and helicopters. User places planes or helicopter on ground and controls its takeoff and flight from afar.

GAMES

Products that include different pieces or accessories that enable users to engage in a competition according to a defined set of rules.

BOARD GAMES

Games played on a board. Can be individual play or in a group. Examples include backgammon, cribbage, chess, etc.

CARD GAMES

Any game primarily based off of playing cards, whether traditional cards or game-specific.

FLOOR GAMES

Games that require floor space, using the floor as a base for various rules or activities associated with gameplay. Examples include Twister, the Floor is Lava, Don’t Step on it, etc.

HANDHELD GAMES

Games that can be self-contained, held by hand. May be electronic, resembling a Gameboy or manual, such as a rubik's cube.

TILE GAMES

Games that incorporate tiles or dominoes into the objective, including Mexican Trian, Mahjong, rummikub, etc.

TRAVEL GAMES

Games customized to be ideal for travel, usually miniaturized for use in transit by car, train, or plane.

INTERACTIVE GAMES

Any kind of game in which the user interacts with the physical pieces included or the digital elements (such as a video game console). Examples within this node range from a handheld Pacman video game to a free-standing arcade-style game.