Would she like something that beeps? Does he prefer toys that light up? Those who find shopping for young children baffling can breathe a little easier, as students at the Goddard School have declared their top preschooler-approved toy, as well as nine other finalists.

The Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toys was crowned the 2013 champion. With its unique shape and bright color scheme, the Tobbles Neo is a twist on tradition stacking toys and is recommended for ages six months and older. The Goddard School will now donate 100 Tobbles Neos to Toys for Tots.

The Rock Hill school is one of 38 Goddard Schools nationwide to participate in this year’s test. “Each classroom got a couple different toys to test and, depending on the age of the children, we either voted by observing the children or they were able to cast their vote by ballot or graphing,” says Rock Hill location owner Jody McManus. After the top toys were selected, voting was held online throughout most of November.

During the testing process, the Goddard School kept specifics in mind to quantify the benefits. So what makes a good toy? “Anything that uses the senses while they’re playing and learning,” says McManus. “For younger kids, something that invites them to explore, or provides tactile sensation. On the older side, anything that encourages interaction with others would be a successful toy.” Other noted categories include skill development, creativity and, of course, fun.

The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys:

•Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toys (Age 6M+)

•Go Go Friends Lady Bug by Chicco (Age 9M+)

•Musical Owl by ALEX Toys (Age 18M+)

•Green Toys Rocket (Age 2+)

•Tinker Toy 100-Piece Essentials Value Set by K’NEX (Age 3+)

•Squigz: Fun Little Suckers by Fat Brain Toys (Age 3+)

•Citiblocs 100-Piece Building Block Set in Hot Colors (Age 3+)

•Super WHY! ABC Letter Game by University Games (Age 3+)

•Kinetic Sand by WABA Fun (Age 3+)

•Stack Up! by Peaceable Kingdom (Ages 3-5)

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