KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.
- Nov. 18, 2019
-- Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI),
the national franchisor of The Goddard School®
preschool system, proudly announces that the public has selected Melissa & Doug® Take-Along Town as the winning toy in the twelfth annual Goddard School Preschooler-
Approved Toy Test. To promote the concept of play-based learning for all children, GSI will purchase and donate 100 units of Melissa & Doug® Take-Along Town to Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve dedicated to bringing joy to children in need by providing holiday gifts every year.
Established in 2008, the Goddard School Preschooler-
Approved Toy Test provides an opportunity for preschoolers, teachers and early childhood education experts across the United States to test the most innovative educational toys on the market. Each year, The Goddard School Toy Test Committee evaluates dozens of submissions from the leading toy manufacturers across the globe. The top 25 educational toys that support child-initiated play and collaboration, among other criteria, proceed to the next round where preschoolers from 50 Goddard School locations, nationwide, are given to students from six weeks to six years old to play with and critique. The children and their teachers work together to provide insights on their favorites, which are compiled into a list of the top 10 educational toys. The top 10 are then put to a public vote to determine the winning toy of the year.
The following are the Top 10 Preschooler-
Approved Toys for 2019. They are listed in the age-range order suggested for the children:
· Playmonster – Oibo, Set of 3 Primary Colors;
· Manhattan Toy Company – Wimmer-Ferguson, Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy;
· Mattel, Inc. – Fisher-Price, Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth;
· Leapfrog, Learn and Groove Dancing Panda;
· VTECH, Latches & Doors Busy Board;
· Leapfrog, Leapbuilders ABC Smart House;
· Leapfrog, Smart Sizzlin' BBQ Grill;
· Melissa & Doug, Take-Along Town;
· Playmonster, Orangutwang;
· Quercetti, Peg Brite
"We are proud to celebrate the twelfth year of our Preschooler-
Approved Toy Test. Play-based learning has always been an important part of our curriculum as it allows children the freedom to have fun while discovering and exploring the world and their interests" says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at GSI. "It has also been proven to be an effective way for children to develop communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills necessary for social and academic success early on and later in life."
For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-
Approved Toy Test, visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest