By the numbers


This year alone, an estimated 2.6 billion toys will be purchased for children. Halloween and Easter are growing in gift-giving popularity, but they still rank far behind the winter holidays in gift-giving largess. In the spirit of Christmas, Hanukkah and National Toy and Safe Gift Month, here are some interesting facts, by the numbers:

405 Dollars, average amount spent per child on holiday gifts in 2002.

4 Percent, the predicted increase of holiday retail sales from 2002 to 2003.

1,200,000,000 Dollars, amount spent on action figures and accessories in 2002.

700,000,000 Number of pounds of Play-Doh sold since its introduction in 1956.

2,800,000,000 Dollars, amount spent on infant and preschool toys in 2002.

10,000,000,000 Dollars, amount spent on video games in 2002.

8 Number of toys on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2002 Holiday Toy Recall List.

1916 Year Lincoln Logs were developed by John Lloyd Wright, son of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

18 Model number of the Classic Little Red Wagon sold by Chicago-based Radio Flyer.

3-5 An appropriate age to introduce board games.

0-1 Age at which babies respond to toys with various, textures, sounds and bright colors.

8 Age children should reach before using an electronic toy with a heating device.

489 Dollars, the median amount spent annually by grandparents for books, toys and other gifts for their grandchildren.

Nicole Caputo

Kids Eat Chicago

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