The Goddard School preschoolers test and pick top ten toys for this holiday season

Preschoolers name their favorite new toys out in stores this year

VANCOUVER — Around 89,000 babies were born to Washington families in 2015, according to the Department of Health. Some of those children, now toddlers, are doing their peers a solid and testing out the best toys for the holidays. 

There were a lot of them. Thankfully, they narrowed it down to the top 10.

Preschoolers at The Goddard School in Salmon Creek tested toys last month to rate them just in time for the holidays. Photo courtesy of The Goddard School
Preschoolers at The Goddard School in Salmon Creek tested toys last month to rate them just in time for the holidays. Photo courtesy of The Goddard School

Children at The Goddard School in Salmon Creek tested a whole array of toys in September for children from zero to six years old and up. Last week, the school released the children’s top 10 picks. 

At the top of the list for 2019 was a fold-out train and car town made by toy manufacturers Melissa & Doug. Known as Take-Along Town, the toy was a favorite of many of the schools students, and was joined by a wide variety of toys.

The Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is in it’s 12th year at The Goddard School in Salmon Creek, and is just one of 49 Goddard Schools participating across the nation. Photo courtesy of The Goddard School
The Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is in it’s 12th year at The Goddard School in Salmon Creek, and is just one of 49 Goddard Schools participating across the nation. Photo courtesy of The Goddard School

During the testing, children get to try out each interactive toy and simply have fun. Teachers observe and make notes on the popularity of each toy and how it is being used. They also rate the toys based on the interactivity, skill development and creative inspiration that it fosters with their students.

Everything from LeapFrog’s interactive Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill, to Quercetti’s light-up Peg Brite, to PlayMonster’s exciting OranguTwang, the children tested and selected some of the unique new toys on the market this year.

Graphic courtesy of The Goddard School
Graphic courtesy of The Goddard School

The Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is in it’s 12th year at The Goddard School in Salmon Creek, and is just one of 49 Goddard Schools participating across the nation.

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development is a nationwide learning-based child care organization, focusing on STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

All the toys tested by the children at The Goddard School were age specific and ranged for children from zero to six years of age. Photo courtesy of The Goddard School
All the toys tested by the children at The Goddard School were age specific and ranged for children from zero to six years of age. Photo courtesy of The Goddard School

Founded in 1988, The Goddard School is designed around play-based learning and at present, has over 65,000 children enrolled. There are currently more than 500 schools nationwide, in some 37 states.   

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