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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.

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