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News 4 Schools: Local students become toy testers

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Students at a local school are evaluating toys for manufacturers (Credit: KMOV). Students at a local school are evaluating toys for manufacturers (Credit: KMOV).
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Students at a local school are evaluating toys for manufacturers.

During the third week of September, students at the Goddard School of Edwardsville are testing toys. The school is one of 50 in the country selected for the job.

Toy manufactures provide their products with the goal of offering suggestions to families during the holiday gift giving season. The preschoolers gain knowledge as they play with the toys.

"Studies have proven that children learn best when they are in a play environment," said Barbara Burrows, owner of Goddard School.  

The children learn about everything from farm animals to body parts. They also practice motor skills and critical thinking to figure out how different parts of the toys work with each other.

"Our toys provide skill development. We're also looking for toys that provide creativity and toys that allow engagement with other students," said Burrows.

Borrows says teachers evaluate the children as they play with the toys. She also mentions the older children will get to vote for their favorites.

The findings will be released in November to help parents with their holiday shopping.

Once the top toy is determined, the Goddard School will donate 100 of them to Toys for Tots.

"It’s a great feeling. Anytime you can contribute information to help families or provide gifts to charities, it’s a great feeling," said Burrows.

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