EPSI Toys

The toys below are the standard toy sets for the EPSI, some of which were used in its initial development. Unlike other IGDIs, an EPSI play session requires three toys. Each toy is used for two minutes during the 6-minute session.

Toy Set A

Square Stacked CupsPop Up Pets ToyPound a Ball Toy

Toy Set B

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Toys were screened and selected based on the fact that each has a final endpoint with steps involved in reaching the endpoint. Additionally, toys were selected with the ability to engage children’s interest and evoke play. Other important criteria for selecting these toys included safety, common availability in child care settings, availability through common vendors, and suitability for use by children in the age range (6 months to 4 years). Additionally, we rejected any toys that met these criteria, but too often evoked gross movement rather then sitting and exploration.

Pop-up toys, Gumball Machine, Pound-a-Ball, and Stacking Cups (Round or Square) are used in each administration as the “standard” play toys recommended for use in the EPSI. These and/or similar toys were used for the benchmark sample. The toys above represent examples of the toys recommended for each toy set. Although similar toys may be used, ensure that any variant has the following characteristics:

  • Stacking cups should be round or square.
  • Pop-up toys should have four pop-ups: one with a push button, one with a slide lever, one with a “rocking” lever, and one with a twist lever.
  • The ‘ball machines’ (gumball or pound-a-ball) should have four balls that go into the top of the toy and require a lever, button press, or ‘pound’ to release the ball(s). If applicable, batteries should be removed.
  • All toys should be labeled as appropriate for children 12 months and older

Each of these three toy classes has two variations (e.g., round versus square) that is assigned to Form A and B. Each toy within a form is presented to the child for 2 minutes for a total of 6 minutes in all.

See the EPSI administration instructions for additional information, including recommendations on how to use the toys during an observation, and how to modify the toys for children with sensory impairments.

EPSI Toy Purchasing Information

All of these toys can be purchased at online stores such as Amazon. The tables below contain links to the toys in various online stores. Alternatively, you may go to one of the online stores listed in the table below and type the name of the toy into the store’s “search” field. Other stores may also sell these toys, but these were the most popular stores that had them in stock as of our last check. If you have problems finding them at the stores listed, search for them at Google or Shopping.com by typing in the toy name in the website’s search fields.

Stacking Cups

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Store Approximate Price Link and Toy Name

Hasbro

$5 Playskool Stacking Cups & Nest Cubes

Amazon

$5-10

The First Year Stack n Count Cups
Walmart $12

First Years Stack Up Cups

Pop-up Toys

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Store Approximate Price Link and Toy Name

Amazon

$25 Pop-up Friends (Pets)

Amazon

$25

Tolo Toys Pop-Ups (Dinosaurs)
Amazon

$19

Playskool Busy Poppin’ Pals (Animals)

Amazon

$14

Infantino Bop and Pop Animal Pals (Animals)

Educational Toys Planet $35

Pop up Dinosaurs (Dinosaurs)

Gumball Machine

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Store Approximate Price Link and Toy Name

Toys ”R” Us

$35 Fisher Price – Laugh learn and count

Toys ”R” Us

$35

Fisher Price – Laugh learn and count

Amazon

$39

Fisher price Roll-A-Rounds Swirlin Surprise Gumballs

Walmart $18

Fisher Price – Laugh learn and count

Pound-a-Ball

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Store Approximate Price Link and Toy Name

Amazon

$20 Constructive Play Things – Pound A Ball

Walmart

$20

Walmart

Kaleidoscope closet $30

Battat Mirror Pound-A-Ball Toy