Kids start testing potential hot toys for the holidays

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DENVER -- It’s the time of year when Santa and parents start thinking about toys. And while grown-ups like toys that combine fun with learning, it can be challenging to figure out which new toys your kids will be playing with long after the holidays end.

The Goddard Schools this week launched its annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. Age appropriate toys are sent to Goddard Schools across the country and kids will be playing with them this week.

At the Silver Spurs class at the Westminster Goddard School on Tuesday, the kids there are four toys: Faber Castell Paint with Marbles; Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run; Laser Pegs 16-in-1 Space Fighter Building set; and Learning Resources Create-a-Maze.

The kids had no trouble figuring out how to work the various toys and they all seemed pretty sturdy.

“I think all of them are great. They teach them fine motor skills and problem solving," teacher April Beavers said. "The kids really love interacting with each other and these toys promote that.”

“Goddard does this to give parents an idea mainly for the holiday season," Director Diana Herrera said.

The kids, teachers and parents will vote on their favorite toys. Then, as the holidays get closer, The Goddard School will put out a list of the national top 10 toys.

Goddard System will purchase and donate 100 of the winning Toy Test toys to Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

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