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What Are The Hottest Toys This Year? Ask These Elementary School Kids

No one wants to give a lame gift at Christmas time. That’s why a group of fifth graders are offering some help.

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Longfellow Elementary Students
14 Longfellow Elementary fifth-graders conducted a survey among students to learn what this year’s hottest toys are.
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14 Longfellow Elementary fifth-graders conducted a survey among students to learn what this year’s hottest toys are.

It’s just like the old saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same.  

Remember the Easy Bake Oven?  “It’s just one of those toys that they’ve known how to re-brand it. It’s stood the test of time,” says Danica Kasner, a teacher at Longfellow Elementary.  For five years, she’s helped lead a handful of fifth graders in finding the most popular toys during the holidays. On Tuesday, the kids unveiled their findings in a press conference they conducted themselves in the library of the school, which even included a Power Point presentation.

And if you were born during or before the 1980s, some gifts may surprise you.  Many brands are timeless: Barbie, Star Wars, Legos, and Play-Doh, to name a few.

But there are some 21st Century items in the mix. Kasner says she and another teacher had no idea what a Yummy Nummie was. “We had to Google it,” she laughed.

Yummy Nummies are similar to the Easy Bake, where kids can create miniature snacks and treats. Another new item was a device that can create markers using emoji images.

The fifth graders take a poll of students from other grade levels to find out what this year’s hottest toys are. It’s a not-so-subtle way of letting adults know what they might want for Christmas this year. The requirement was that the toys have to cost less than $25.

It looks like the trends have stayed consistent through the years.

“It seems to be that the girls like to do things like baking and enjoying sweet treats and they always love the dolls,” Kasner says. “Boys are usually (interested in) technology like video games and headphones.”

Kasner says some of the boys were surprised that Pokemon – ranked number five – wasn’t higher on the list. Ten-year-old Zaria also learned something interesting. “I didn’t think that the Disney Princesses were going to make it because some kids don’t even watch Disney Princesses anymore,” she says.

The verdict: Video games take first place for the boys at Longfellow, followed by Minecraft action figures, Nerf toys, sports gear, and Pokemon.

For girls, the Easy Bake Oven took the lead, followed by emoji makers, Play Doh, stuffed animals, and Yummy Nummies.

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