Toy Industry Association (TIA) Statement on Expandable Gel Balls

Expandable gel balls are novelty items intended for children over three years of age. Because they are designed to increase in size when exposed to water or other liquids, expandable gel balls could potentially create an internal obstruction if swallowed.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) reminds parents and other caregivers that younger kids play differently than older children and are much more likely to put items in their mouths. Families are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to make sure that all small items in the home, especially those that a child might confuse for candy or food, are kept away from children under three and older kids who continue to mouth objects.

The number one priority of TIA and its members is ensuring safe play for children of all ages.

This statement was originally published in September 2013 and reaffirmed by the Toy Industry Association in October 2015.