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Midstate kids test potential holiday toys

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Halloween is not even here yet, but stores are ready for the holiday shopping season. Before the newest toys come out, they are tested by the experts. Some local kids are among the testers.

It looked like the kids at the Goddard School in Hummelstown were just having playtime. But they were actually the experts in a toy test.

"None of them are out on the market yet. So we're testing them out, and then we report the ones that were engaging, that were fun, that the kids really enjoyed. And then they're the ones that are going to be able to be on the market to be purchased at Christmastime for the kids," said Alicia Swope, Education Director at the Goddard School in Hummelstown.

There were a couple frontrunners, like the Squibs: colorful, soft, plastics pieces with suction cup ends.

"Because it sticks to stuff. And I want it for Christmas," said Champion, one of the testers.

The pre-K/kindergarten kids also seemed to like the ABC Letter Game.

"We have to move these guys and it's super fun for this game," said Kayla, one of the testers. "I would love it. I would like to play it with my parents super much."

The one and a half year olds liked the ball roller and a bell set.

"The kids come here. They love playing but at the same time they don't realize they're learning as well," said Heather Eckels, Director of Operations at the Goddard School in Hummelstown.

When the kids are done, the manufacturers will learn which toys are a hit. But this holiday season, it is not all about the presents; it is also about giving.

"Come November, the list of the toys will be posted online, and anyone can go online and vote for what their favorite toy it. And that top toy will be donated to Toys for Tots," Eckels said.

Keep an eye on www.goddardschool.com for details.

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