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                                From left: Easton, Emma, Nate Yoker, and Vaibhav test a monkey game during the Goddard School toy test in Redmond.

Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos From left: Easton, Emma, Nate Yoker, and Vaibhav test a monkey game during the Goddard School toy test in Redmond.

Redmond Goddard preschoolers test toys for top 10 holiday list

Goddard preschoolers participated in 12th annual preschooler-approved toy test.

Preschoolers at The Goddard School near Redmond was one of 50 Goddard schools across the country to test toys in Goddard’s 12th annual preschooler-approved toy test.

During the week of Sept. 16, children from infants to 6 years old played with interactive toys from participating toy brands including VTech, Play Monster, B. Toys, Sassy, and Melissa & Doug. Teachers at the school observed and documented the toy testing.

Nate Yokers, who owns the franchise, said there was a lot of excitement in the school during the week of testing. Yokers said it was important to let the students explore the toys.

“We want to have them engaged and see where they take the [toy],” he said. “Whether their doing it right or wrong, that can be celebrated.”

All selected toys must encourage interactive, child initiated play; inspire creativity and collaboration; support skill development and learning; and maintain a child’s interested over time.

The preschoolers cast their votes at the end of the week to determine the top 10 preschooler-approved toys, which will be announced Nov. 1 and be put to a public vote via social media. The toy receiving the most vote will be deemed the “Official Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy for 2019.” Goddard School, Inc. will purchase 100 of that toy and donate to Toys for Tots.

To learn more about The Goddard School visit, www.goddardschool.com.

Preschooler Avery tests a paint crayon during the 12th annual Goddard School toy test in Redmond.

Preschooler Avery tests a paint crayon during the 12th annual Goddard School toy test in Redmond.

Preston plays with a bee after testing an interactive toy at the 12th annual Goddard School toy test in Redmond.

Preston plays with a bee after testing an interactive toy at the 12th annual Goddard School toy test in Redmond.

Preston (left) and Beckett play with a story making toy during the 12th annual Goddard School toy test in Redmond. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Preston (left) and Beckett play with a story making toy during the 12th annual Goddard School toy test in Redmond. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

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