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Edmond preschoolers test age-appropriate toys

The Goddard School located at 17440 N Western Ave. in Edmond was one of 38 schools nominated to join in testing age-appropriate toys.
By Tiffany M. Poole, For The Oklahoman Modified: October 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm •  Published: October 14, 2013

Playtime was serious business for some preschoolers in Edmond recently.

The Goddard School at 17440 N Western Ave. was one of 38 chosen from 400 schools nationwide to participate in the 2013 Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test.

The test, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, engaged children from infants to 6 years old to play with interactive toys.

“The children have the opportunity to try different age-appropriate toys, and the teachers ... do a survey with the class afterward and find out from the children which toys they liked the most and why,” Stefanie Wilson, owner of the local school, said in describing the test.

The results are tabulated and sent to be included with those from 37 other Goddard system schools. Those results are used to rank the top 10 toys, she said.

Teachers were asked to observe and document how the toys rated among the selection criteria. Judging was based on how the toys encourage interactive play, support learning skill development and inspire creativity, among other criteria.

15-minute intervals

In The Goddard School's Rainforest Room, teacher Kayla Eleby, or “Miss Kayla” as the 4-year-olds in her class affectionately call her, had tables set up with four toy stations for the children to choose from, including Kinetic Sand, Tinker Toys, CitiBlocs, Squigz and Eric Carle's ABC board game.

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