Local STEM teacher’s top Christmas toys unplug the gifts

Allegan County

HEATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — In a busy and loud classroom, tucked in the back corner of Hamilton Elementary School, a dozen young students are happily excluded from their early morning class. Their new assignment — test out toys.

The sets of gadgets and toys are spread across four tables, a counter and the floor. The kids don’t realize, not only are they testing the 2018 Mr. Losik Christmas Toy List, they’re also learning.

“It’s funny when I introduce a lot of new stuff, one of the first things they ask is where can we buy this? Where would you buy that? How much is that, how can I get that,” Hamilton STEM teacher Andy Losik said. “That’s a great signal to me as a teacher when they are loving what we are doing, that they are wanting to go home and continue playing with it and working with it.”

That’s led Losik to create a Christmas wish list for the last five years or so, perfecting it year after year to fit the wants of what he sees from the kids in the classroom.

He jokes the first thing they all ask for is the new iPhone, but his list is geared away from the unpractical $1,000 tech toy and more towards products that are not only affordable but keep kids entertained.

Take a look at some of Andy Losik’s toys that will have kids learning and immersing themselves in fun on his blog.

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