CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The holiday season is fast approaching and picking out the perfect toy is not easy.
The Goddard School in Oakleaf Plantation is one of 38 Goddard schools across the country that rates toys for manufacturers before the holidays.
For young children under the age of 5 look for something very hands on.
"Through the research we have learned that children learn best and deeply when they are having fun," tells Valerie Grayson theOwner of the Goddard School.
For kids to have fun, you don't need anything high tech!Elizabeth, 5,says her favorite toy of the day was the classic Tinker Toys.
"We can make whatever we want with them," says Elizabeth.
The teachers at the Goddard School like Tinker Toys because the children have to follow instructions and work together. Board Games are also a hit, and the fact that they are educational are a bonus for parents! Like "Super WHY the ABC Game" which works on letter recognition or the "Stack up Game", which works on colors and motor skills.
"Games like this offer a lot more interaction with each other rather than sitting and watching a screen so that is a nice change from the video games and TVs," says Kimberlie Miranda, a teacher at the Goddard School.
Classic toys, like CitiBlocs,are enduring for a reason, all pre-schoolers need to have fun is a big imagination!
"I want to build something I can fly in to the North Pole!," says 5-year-oldChristopher.
So think colorful, educational and active and you can't go wrong!
Here is the list put together by the 38 participating Goddard Schools on the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys:
- Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toys (Suggested Age Range: 6+ Months)
- Go Go Friends Lady Bug by Chicco USA, Inc. (Suggested Age Range: 9+ Months)
- Musical Owl by ALEX Toys, LLC (Suggested Age Range: 18+ Months)
- Green Toys Rocket by Green Toys (Suggested Age Range: 2+ Years)
- Tinker Toy 100-Piece Essentials Set by K'NEX (Suggested Age Range: 3+ Years)
- Squigz: Fun Little Suckers by Fat Brain Toys (Suggested Age Range: 3+ Years)
- 100-Piece Building Block Set - Hot Colors by Citiblocs (Suggested Age Range: 3+ Years)
- Super WHY! ABC Letter Game by University Games (Suggested Age Range: 3+ Years)
- Kinetic Sand by WABA Fun LLC (Suggested Age Range: 3+ Years)
- Stack Up! by Peaceable Kingdom (Suggested Age Range: 3-5 Years)