John Deere Gearation Board Selected as the Top Educational Toy of 2016 in the 9th Annual Goddard School Preschooler-Apporved Toy Test

November  14, 2016 / 100 Units to be Donated to Toys for Tots this Holiday Season


100 Units to Be Donated to Toys for Tots This Holiday Season

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – November 14, 2016 – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, is excited to announce that the public has selected the John Deere Gearation Board as the top toy in its 9th annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approval Toy Test. In an effort to encourage learning through play outside of the classroom, GSI will purchase and donate 100 units of the John Deere Gearation Board 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.

Established in 2008, The Goddard School’s annual Toy Test determines the best educational toys of the year with the help of the most discerning toy critics – preschoolers! Each year, The Goddard School Toy Test Committee evaluates dozens of submissions from popular toy manufacturing companies across the globe. The educational toys that support child-initiated play and collaboration, among other criteria, proceed to the next round where preschoolers from 50 Goddard School locations across the nation are given the opportunity to play with the toys. Preschoolers and teachers worked together to choose the favorite 10 toys, which were then put to a public vote to determine the winner.

The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys finalists included the following (in suggested age range order):

      • Click Clack Ball™ by The Manhattan Toy Company® (Suggested Age Range: 0+ years)
      • Sort and Discover Activity Cube™ by VTech® (Suggested Age Range: 9-36 months)
      • Mirari® Pop! Pop! Piano® by Play Monster™ (Suggested Age Range: 12+ months)                   
      • Musical Gator™ by Alex Brands® (Suggested Age Range: 18+ months)              
      • Newborn Nursery Newborn Baby by Madame Alexander (Suggested Age Range: 2+ years) 
      • Lauri Tall Stackers™ by Play Monster™ (Suggested Age Range: 2+ years)
      • Gearation Board by John Deere (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years) 
      • Puppy Up™ by Play Monster™ (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
      • Yeti in My Spaghetti® by Play Monster™ (Suggested Age Range: 4+ years)
      • Hexenkuche (Witches Kitchen) by Beleduc USA, Inc. (Suggested Age Range: 4+ years)

    “Play-based learning is a critical part of the growth of preschoolers as they develop into confident learners,” says GSI’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Craig Bach. “Through The Goddard School preschool’s Toy Test program, children provide wonderful feedback on a range of educational toys like John Deere Gearation Board while experiencing genuine play-based learning.”

    For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit


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