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What happened to old fashioned toys for Christmas?


POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 5:25pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 7:35pm

It seems marketers target younger generations every year for gifts like smart phones and iPad, but some people here in East Texas feel it's important to bring back traditional toys.

Hobbytown USA here in Tyler, is an old fashioned toy store, where they encourage creativity and imagination, rather than selling the latest tech-savvy toys.

According to the Nielsen Wire, the top four most-wanted gifts for children include an Apple logo. "They're not given that creativity process that we were given as kids," said Autumn Smiddy, an East Texas parent. The manager, Chris Parker, at Hobbytown says every day, parents come in saying they want their kids to do something other than play video games and watch TV. Parker says, "If you find something that sparks their interest like modeling or slot cars or a train set, wood burning, it's something they will go back to." She says kids might need some encouragement, but they can add their own ideas and grow with these old fashioned toys.

"That's what I grew up with, and we've got an eleven year old grandson and he still likes the old fashioned toys," said Marvin McKinley, grandparent. Some say kids are so caught up in technology that they lose sight of something they will appreciate when they are older. "It's just a lot better than the new electronics like iPad and everything else, have something to do outside instead of being in the house all the time," said Josh Smiddy, an East Texas parent. We're told the best way to spark interest for your kids is to expose them to these toys, rather than handing them your cell-phone for entertainment.

"Who likes to think you're going to live all your life going around like this, you have to have something more to life than looking at a screen.," said McKinley.

We would like to know what you think? Should young children get tech-savvy toys for Christmas, or should parents enforce tradition?

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