Childcare franchisor highlights toys that encourage learning through play
Are you shopping for a preschool-aged child this holiday season? Look no further! Children and educators from select Goddard Schools – leaders in early childhood education – have announced their top toy picks for children ages two to six years old for the 2010 holiday shopping season. The Goddard School® Toy Test is the only national toy test designed exclusively for children in the preschool age range.
The Goddard School is dedicated to providing an environment where teachers support the nurturing and learning children want and need. It is with this focus that Goddard Systems, Inc., named the number one childcare franchise company for the ninth year in a row by Entrepreneur magazine, has released its third annual list of top toy finalists.
After a national call for submissions, Goddard educators and children evaluated entrants based on a number of criteria, including:
- Interactive, child-initiated play focus
- Creative, social or engaging
- Appropriate for children from two to six years of age
“Goddard Schools are recognized nationally for our learning through play philosophy and our play-based FLEX™ Learning Program, which focuses on the value of guided play,” said Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “We feel that our Top Five Toys list will serve as a great resource for parents, grandparents and other family members as they enter the gift-giving season.”
Baby Stella & Baby Stella Car Seat (Manhattan Toy Company)
The Baby Stella Soft Doll collection has lifelike toes, belly buttons and plump tummies with a wide variety of adorable outfits and accessories. Baby Stella gives children the chance to learn how to nurture and care for their loveable dolls and valuables.
(Suggested Age Range: 1 & up) Manhattan Toy Company
Baby Stella Cute Comfort Car Seat provides a soft carrier for your child’s favorite Baby Stella doll. This fun accessory supplies your child with a new way to play and take care of their Baby Stella doll so he/she can go anywhere your child goes.
(Suggested Age Range: 3 & up) Manhattan Toy Company
Citi Blocs 200 Piece Hot & Cool Colors Sets (Citi Blocs)
CitiBlocs inspire open-ended play and creativity. Start low and wide, and then stack them high and narrow. Whatever your preference, the CitiBlocs 200 piece set will keep the enthusiastic builder flexing his or her imagination while developing fine motor skills.
(Suggested Age Range: 3 & up) CitiBlocs
Kid K’NEX Railroad Pals Building (K’NEX)
The Railroad Pals Building Set includes an idea sheet with 20+ building ideas to inspire creativity and a handy storage container for easy clean-up. Build fun train cars, engines, cabooses and more!
(Suggested Age Range: 3 & up) K’NEX
Medium Classic Dino ZipBin (Neat Oh, International!)
The Dinosaur Zipbin’s dramatic exterior identifies the contents and will look great in your child’s room. When the bin is unzipped, it becomes a dinosaur island Playscape™! This activity mat is perfect for playing with dinosaurs, animals, vehicles, boats, action figures, etc. Fantasy play is encouraged by a prehistoric world featuring a volcano, a river, a tar pit and a mysterious cave.
(Suggested Age Range: 3 & up) Neat Oh, International!
Slimy Squishy Polymer Fun (DuneCraft)
Just add water to unleash the Slimy Squishy Polymer Fun in this set today. Hydrate Silly Squares and try to stack and build with them, watch your Slipper Spheres grow over 100 times their size in a matter of hours! Throw them, roll them, bounce them and watch their colors blend. Make your own multicolored slime however you like it, thick or thin, chunky or smooth! Grow your own multicolored miniature icebergs with JellyStones. Mix the polymers together and make your own creation!
(Suggested Age Range: 4 & up) DuneCraft
To learn more about The Goddard School, families are encouraged to visit www.goddardschool.com or call 1-800-GODDARD.