According to the company that makes the toys, Lauri, the toys in the Preschool package are safe for 2 year olds. There are some pieces in the PreK package that are too small to safely have around a teething toddler. I'm specifically thinking of the inserts with Fit a Space.snickelfritz wrote:I am considering buying the preK program and the k program for my oldest dd.
Are the manipulatives in the preK program choking hazards? Will my youngest dd (she just turned 1) be able to play with them (anything in the set or the whole thing)? Is the preschool set any better (as far as choking hazard) and would it be redundant to get that also, for my youngest? Or, do both sets need to be kept away from her? If she's awake, she will want to participate. We would have her afternoon nap when we could play with them without worrying about her.
With any toy you want to supervise closely for safety and choke hazards. I personally wouldn't let a teething toddler (1 year old) use them for long without my constant paranoid watchful eye. And they can tear from too much in the mouth. It's not like there are tiny Lego pieces, but you still need to supervise (but, you know that because you're a good mom)
My youngest, who is now 4.5, is autistic and she was ok with the toys during her very extended time of mouthing everything due to sensory integration issues.
You know your child and her/his preferences. It might be a time to have an age appropriate set of school toys that are out just for school time until she gets a little older for some of the Lauri pieces.
Another thing to consider....
You might at some point want to hear a MFW workshop called (something like) Occupying Preschoolers while HomeSchooling older children