Tykes test top toys

Preschoolers at The Goddard School in Verona, along with 49 other Goddard Schools across the country, took on the job a lifetime this week — toy testers! Now in its 10th year, the 2017 Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test engages children from infants to six years old in play with interactive toys while teachers observe and document how the toy rates among judging criteria such as interactivity, skill development, creative inspiration, and more. The preschoolers then cast their votes to determine the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys, which will be announced just in time for the holiday season on Nov. 1. Participating notable toy brands include Melissa & Doug, Leap Frog, V-Tech, K’NEX, and many more. (For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email jason@ibmadison.com.)