ETSU Child Study Center director weighs in on this year's "hot toys"
Leigh Ann Laube
Dec 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Every fall, several retail giants release their “hot toys” list, perhaps
serving as a way to let parents know what their children expect to find
under the Christmas tree. There’s not much on these lists that
interests Beverly Wiginton, director of the Child Study Center at East
Tennessee State University.“I think that toys have certainly
gotten much more sophisticated ... and technology has driven them
tremendously. The thing that concerns me is being sure that children are
getting what they need from toys, and I’m not sure that’s happening,”
she said.Kmart, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, online retailer Amazon and
even the National Retail Federation (NRF) have listed the must-have
toys for 2013, with Walmart’s predictions partly determined through the
input of children. More than 44 percent of people polled by the NRF say
they will buy toys for Christmas.Wiginton encourages parents to look for toys that promote hands-on, active participation play.