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Longfellow Elementary Chooses This Year’s ‘Hot Toys’

If you celebrate Christmas and you're wondering what your school-age children hope to see under the tree this year, students at Longfellow Elementary have some advice. They've released their latest "hot toy" list, and you might be surprised what's on it.


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Fifth grade students at Longfellow do it every year. They sit down with more than 100 of their classmates and ask them what they really want for Christmas.

Longfellow Elementary list“This is Connect Four Launchers.”

Preston Parker wants to make sure you know your toys this year.

“There’s a difference between normal Connect Four and Connect Four Launchers because Connect Four, you just have to drop them down those little holes, but Launchers, you launch them off of these little launchers into the holes.”
Connect Four Launchers are on the list and so are Moxie Girls and Wuggle Pets. How about this oldie but goodie? Julia Michalec says Legos are in again this year. In fact, they topped the list.

“If we go to the store, my brother is like, we have to have these because they come up with new ones all the time. They have Star Wars, Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, that’s big. And there’s not very many of them when I go to the store.”

Sharing that top spot according to the students at Longfellow were Zhu Zhu toys. Shelby Bias tries to explain.

“They’re like these little hamsters. You can play with them and you put them in this thing, you build a little city and you turn them on and they start moving around and they have little wheels at the bottom.”

Believe it or not, Carson Traylor says it’s not the price of the toy that’s important.

“We don’t want expensive toys because parents buy one expensive toy and some people really have bad job situations. We just want to get regular, cheap toys.”

Jane Edwards teaches Pre-K at Longfellow and helped the students compile this year’s “hot” list.

“They really sit down with the kids. They do their research and they get their original premise and then they sit down with the kids and the kids really share clear opinions and then they analyze that data and there are some that rise to the top.”

Longfellow students have been compiling the list for more than a decade now.

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