No, using the items in a child's home or child care environment is preferable in many ways. Children typically respond best to items they are already familiar with, such as items from their home. It is also important that toys and materials be relevant to the child's cultural practices.
However, many home visiting programs find it useful to bring a toy kit with them when visiting homes in case families do not have the materials needed for a screening. Pediatric offices have also found it useful to assemble toy kits for parents completing ASQ-3 questionnaires in the waiting room.
For programs interested in assembling a materials kit, a list of materials needed for each age interval is available. The ASQ-3 Materials Kit is also available for sale.