Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys

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Fat Brain Toys Oombee Cube is one of the top preschooler-approved toys.

As you head out for Black Friday shopping deals or to get a head start on your kids' Christmas wish lists, consider these preschool-friendly toys.

Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys

Annually, The Goddard School’s Toy Test Committee, which comprises a group of early childhood education experts, reviews applications from nearly 100 global toy manufacturers. They judge each entry on specific educational criteria such as encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration and supporting skill development and playful learning. From there, the 25 toys with the highest scores are sent to 50 participating Goddard School locations, including the Goddard School of Charlotte in Ballantyne.  After lots of play time and careful observation, the children were then able to cast their votes to determine the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys. The 2017 winners are:

1.  VTech® Lil' Critters Shake and Wobble Busy Ball™ (Ages 3-24 months)

2.  Fat Brain Toys® Oombee Cube (Ages 10+ months)

3.  SMARTMAX® My First Safari Animals (Ages 1-5)

4.  Peaceable Kingdom® Monkey Around The Wiggle and Giggle Game (Ages: 2+)

5.  VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Race & Play Adventure Park™ (Ages: 1–5)

6.  K’NEX Kid K’nex Budding Builder Set (Ages: 3+)

7.  Melissa & Doug® Star Diner Restaurant Play Set (Ages: 3+)

8. Learning Resources® Lil' Lemonade Stand-Off™ A Memory Matching Game (Ages: 4+)

9. DuneCraft Bucket of Balls (Ages: 4+)

10. Learning Resources Let's Go Code!™ Activity Set (Ages: 5+)

Families nationwide were also recently invited to vote for their favorite of The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys through early November, and 100 of the most voted for toy will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as Laser Pegs, K’NEX Brands, Learning Resources, and John Deere’s Gearation Board. For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit

Source: The Goddard School