Are Toys Muktzeh?

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Question:

Are children's toys muktzeh?

May one play with Lego on Shabbat?


Answer:

Even though an adult should not play with children’s toys, it is permitted to give a toy to a child to play with.[1] Likewise, since a child is permitted to use a tricycle on Shabbat, it is permitted to be moved as well and is not considered muktzeh.[2] This is also the case regarding moving roller skates. [3]

Similarly, it is permitted to allow a child to play with Lego or another type of building block that is similar to Lego, even though they are building structures and destroying them on Shabbat. Adults should refrain from playing with Lego on Shabbat.[4]

One should not allow his child to play with items that are battery-operated on Shabbat. Furthermore, one should not allow his child to play with musical instruments on Shabbat. [5]


Sources:

[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 101; Yabia Omer, vol. 7, 39:4; Halichot Olam, vol. 3, p. 200; Mishneh Halachot 6:74; Igrot Moshe, O.C., vol. 5, 22:27.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 43; Ashrei HaIsh, vol. 2, 33:2.

[3]. Ohr LeTzion, vol. 2, 42:1.

[4]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 101; vol. 5, p. 292; Yechaveh Daat 2:55; Yabia Omer, vol. 7, 39:4; Halichot Olam, vol. 3, p. 200 and vol. 4, p. 240; Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, chap. 70, footnote 10 includes all other types of blocks that are similar to Lego. See also in Tzitz Eliezer 13:30; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 2, 42:5; Menuchat Ahavah, vol. 3, 23:41.

[5]. Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 391; Halichot Shabbat, Malka, vol. 1, p. 150 and p. 153.


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