Tra­di­tional toys still on the list

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Nerf guns and Bey­blades have joined tra­di­tional favourites at the top of Kiwi kids’ wish lists for Christ­mas.

New Zealand Post has of­fered in­sight into what chil­dren hope to find un­der the tree this year – cour­tesy of the thou­sands of let­ters sent to Santa Claus.

‘‘ Based on pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence we’d ex­pect to see up­wards of 100,000 let­ters to Santa by the close off date in mid-de­cem­ber,’’ New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull said.

‘‘I have it on good au­thor­ity, from a slightly looselipped elf who’d had too many wine-gums, that some clear pat­terns are emerg­ing in terms of what Kiwi kids want.’’

Tra­di­tional favourites fea­ture promi­nently – with many three to seven-yearolds wish­ing for Lego, scoot­ers, books and dolls – and yes, Bar­bie still reigns supreme.

Books and scoot­ers are also much sought af­ter by older kids and tweens – with more ad­vanced Lego sets also pop­u­lar. Skate­boards and bikes fea­ture promi­nently on many wish lists among this older crowd.

Two wishes which pop up fre­quently across both age groups are pad­dling pools and video games – with younger chil­dren of­ten gener­i­cally wish­ing for ‘‘a video game’’ while older kids of­ten get very spe­cific about ex­actly which game Santa and his elves should magic up for them.

How­ever, many Kiwi kids are wish­ing for items which weren’t around when their par­ents were in short pants.

Three re­cent in­no­va­tions which ap­pear again and again on Kiwi wish- lists are:

bey­blades – bright­ly­coloured spin­ning tops based on a Ja­panese anime se­ries.

Nerf guns – plas­tic guns which fire foam darts, discs or water. An Amer­i­can favourite for gen­er­a­tions, they were rare in New Zealand un­til re­cent years.

Mighty Beanz – an Aus­tralian in­ven­tion; plas­tic cap­sules in a myr­iad of de­signs which twist and tum­ble in un­pre­dictable ways thanks to a metal weight in­side.

‘‘Par­ents will be re­lieved to know that a lot of the things kids are wish­ing for this year in their per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence with Santa aren’t ex­pen­sive – and some of them don’t cost any­thing at all – like hav­ing a nice Christ­mas with their fam­ily and friends,’’ Mr Tull said.

Nerf my day: Has­bro’s bright plas­tic water and foam dart shoot­ers are prov­ing pop­u­lar on kids’ Christ­mas list re­quests.

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