Central Ohio Goddard School preschoolers testing out holiday educational toys


GROVE CITY, OH (WCMH) — “We want them to have fun,” says Kris Blamer, the Director of the Goddard School in Grove City.

“But we also want them to learn from them.”

The preschoolers at the Grove City location are just a few of hundreds of kids around the country at 49 other Goddard Schools that are taking on the mantel of toy-testers.

Now in its 9th year, the 2016 Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test engages children from infants to six years old to play with interactive toys while teachers observe and document how the toy rates among the judging criteria (interactivity, skill development, creative inspiration and more).

Blamer says they want to kids to learn how to share, how to interact, and how to have fun.

The top 10 toys will then be put to a public vote on The Goddard School’s Toy Test page from November 1 to November 11, 2016 to determine the winning educational toy of the season. The winning toy will be purchased (100 units) by the school and donated 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.

Participating notable toy brands include V-Tech, Leap Frog, Play Monster, Manhattan Toy Company, and many more.

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