The Goddard School, A Leader in Early Childhood Education, Recognizes This Year’s Best Toys as Tested and Chosen by Their Toughest Critics: Children.


KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – October 22, 2013 – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI),

the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, put this year’s best educational toys to the test just in time for the holiday season. With the help of extremely qualified toy experts, The Goddard School’s young children identified their top 10 choices of playful learning-inspired toys. 

Aligning with The Goddard School’s philosophy of learning through play, children from 38 schools in 38 markets were given the opportunity to test toys that allowed them to use their creativity, imagination and skills while playing and learning.

This marks the sixth year for The Goddard School Toy Test. The process begins with toy manufacturers from across the country submitting products for evaluation and a review by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, comprised of early childhood education experts. This panel of education thought leaders evaluated entries based on a number of criteria, including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play; inspiring creativity and collaboration; and supporting skill development through playful learning. Toys deemed as “official finalists” were sent to participating Goddard School preschools where children, ranging in age from infants to six years old, spent a week putting the toys to the ultimate test. The children at The Goddard School voted for their favorites, and the votes were tallied to determine the Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys for 2013. The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners are (in suggested age range order):

-      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)

-      CITIBLOCS 100-Piece Building Block Set in 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 Peacable Kingdom (Suggested Age Range: 3-5 Years)

“Playful learning is at the core of our curriculum at The Goddard School. Toys that encourage learning through play can assist a child’s development by helping children solve problems, build self-confidence and collaborate,” says GSI’s vice president of education Craig Bach. “We hope our Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys will be a helpful resource for parents as they choose toys for their children this holiday season.” 

The Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toy List will be available for public vote via social media from November 1, 2013 to November 26, 2013 (12 Midnight EST). People can vote once per day at www.goddardschool.com/toytest.


The toy that receives the most votes will be announced as “Voted #1 in The Goddard School® Preschooler-Approved Toy Test” on November 27, 2013. GSI will then purchase and donate 100 of the winning toys 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. For more information on The Goddard School


CitiBlocs Selected as One of the Hottest Toys of the Season

February 7, 2011 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.

goddard seal 2010.jpgThe 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. CitiBlocs was selected as one the top five Preschooler Approved Toys.

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


About Goddard Systems, Inc.

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.”

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. For more information about Goddard, please contact Marie Baker at mb@childsplaypr.com .