WVLT Toy Test Part 3: Second Graders Gift Solutions

By: Kiley Yarbrough
By: Kiley Yarbrough

Knoxville (WVLT) -- It's likely many of you will be more cautious when holiday shopping this year, especially when buying toys for the little ones.

Although this year's recalls are not slowing down the children, it gives parents something else to worry about other than just the likability factor.

In many years, some sort of toy trend emerges, but 2007 seems to be the year of recalls.

Although frightening for moms and dads, our panel of experts from Janet Small's second grade class find this season's toys to be all fun and games.

"The action toys and remote control toys are mostly the funniest," said Cameron Jones, a second grader at Mary Blount Elementary School.

The Tyco Remote Control Tri-Clops Mutant priced at $100 quickly turned on the fun and Carrerra's $80 slot car system, Go!!! NASCAR also took the kids for a fast paced ride.

"This toy is really fun because you put the toys right here and you push the button and they loop and loop and sometimes it flies off," said Sidney Fulmer, a Mary Blount second grader.

And get ready to launch aim and fire with the Nerf ‘N Strike Disk Shot.

This will likely be a Christmas gift bull’s eye costing you about $50.

The Disney channel offers two products aimed at “tweens” featuring the Cheetah Girls singing dolls and Hannah Montana electronic dance mat.

Both rock the girls' toy scene at $20 each, letting your child take center stage.

"I was really excited,” said Macy Osgood, another Mary Blount second grader, “You just dance on it.”

The girls also turned it up with interactive music companions like Hasbro's I-Dog Amp'd.

"When I press this button it dances and taps its feet and he does something else, he wiggles his tail,” said Abigail Escamilla, another Maryville Blount second grader.

I-Dog will cost you $35 dollars and for another $15, you can get your child the Mio Pup companion featuring virtual pet play.

Finally, if you are in the mood for magic, Cadaco's Spectacular Magic Show turned these simple second graders into magnificent magicians.

The tricks will cost you $25.

It would be nice if you could take a magic wand and make all toys safe for your children, but it's not that easy.

However, here are some tools to make sure you are not toying with danger this holiday.

You can find a link on the Hot Key to Consumer Product Safety Commissions' website.

It can tell you if a toy or product is hazardous, and you can conduct them with questions directly at 1-800-638-2772.


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