KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, gave preschoolers the job of a lifetime when it asked them to test some toys! Now in its eighth year, The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test announces the top ten best educational toys for 2015, as selected by true toy experts… kids!
Before the toys were given to this discerning audience, they were evaluated by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, comprised of early childhood education experts, which judged submissions based on criteria including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration, and supporting skill development and playful learning.
Putting The Goddard School philosophy of learning through play into action, children from 50 Goddard Schools throughout the country then tested the toys. The children, who range from infants to six years old, determined their favorites while the teachers compiled the tiny testers' choices.
The results are in, and the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toy Test finalists include (in suggested age range order):
- Whoozit® Space Blankie by The Manhattan Toy Company (Suggested Age Range: 0+ months)
- Rolligo by Fat Brain™ Toys (Suggested Age Range: 12+ months)
- John Deere Learn 'N Pop Farmyard Friends by TOMY (Suggested Age Range: 12+ months)
- ModMobiles (Set A) by Fat Brain™ Toys (Suggested Age Range: 2+ years)
- Doctor On Call by Hape Toys (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
- Lakeshore® Gear Builders Starter Set by Lakeshore® Learning Materials (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
- Lincoln Logs® 100th Anniversary Tin by K'NEX® Brands (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
- Joinks by Fat Brain™ Toys (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
- 16-in-1 Space Fighter Building Set by Laser Pegs® (Suggested Age Range: 5+ years)
- Tumble Trax™ Magnetic Marble Run by Learning Resources® (Suggested Age Range: 5+ years)
"Fun and educational experiences that help children expand their critical thinking skills and flex their imaginations, as demonstrated in the Toy Test, prime children for success later in life," said Dr. Craig Bach, GSI's Vice President of Education. "From classic toys to new products on the market that encourage STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), our children have the opportunity to play with incredible toys that support learning through play."
The public will now have the chance to vote and select the 2015 Top Toy on The Goddard School's website, www.goddardschool.com/toytest, from November 2 – November 13, 2015. GSI will purchase and donate 100 of the winning toy to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as Lakeshore Learning Materials, K'NEX, Fat Brain Toys, Tiny Love, HABA and Learning Resources.
For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.
About The Goddard School®
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School celebrates more than 25 years of using the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School's AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program reaches more than 50,000 students in more than 430 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School's comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.
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