If I were to ask my daughter her idea of a fantasy, I’m sure it would involve a large room filled with brand new toys that she could play with all day long. Well, I don’t know if I’ll be able to help her with that any time soon, but Walmart recently made this dream come true for 1,000 kids ages 18 months to 10 years. They got to test, play with, and help select the top toys for the holiday season as part of the company’s Chosen by Toys initiative.
When Walmart introduced me to this concept on a recent trip to headquarters, I couldn’t help but think how cool it is. These kids were allowed to try out a ton of new toys and asked to choose their favorites at the end of the day. So the name implies, all of Walmart’s “top toys” this year are quite literally Chosen by Kids.
Check out the full listÂ for yourself and you’ll definitely see the kids’ hands in it. It includes some picks you might expect, like the new Furby Boom ($40.99-59.97), Baby Alive ($44.88), the Air Hogs Stunt Quad Copter and Barbie DreamhouseÂ ($148.99). But there are also a couple of surprises, like the Crayola Marker Maker Kit (just $14!) and the Flutterbye Flying Fairy Dolls, which I actually remember from when I was a little girl. (aff)
My pick for the most â€”Â ummmm â€” interesting toy? The FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet. I actually got to hold this monkey, and it is a bit like holding a baby, in a creepy-for-an-adult sort of way. But if I know my daughter as well as I think I do, she’d love it.
Still, given my 8-year-old daughter’s current interests, which involve cheerleading, gymnastics, drawing and music, I thought her Christmas wish list wouldn’t include much in the way of toys. But as it turns out, the kids who picked the top toys were on to something â€”Â which I guess was the whole point. She has a few favorites from the list that she’s hoping Santa will bless her with this year: The Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster, no doubt inspired by Miss Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games series, and the marker maker I mentioned above, fueled by her current passion for drawing any and everything.
Given the very reasonable pricing on those items, I think I can have a talk with Santa to get him to cooperate. What about your kids? What toys are on their wish lists this year?
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in theÂ Walmart MomsÂ Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.