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Kids Will Do Almost Anything for Holiday Toys

Kraig Scarbinsky/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children are apparently willing to work hard and do almost anything -- including cleaning their rooms -- to get the toys they want for Christmas.

According to Walmart’s Talking Holiday Toys Survey, 68 percent of kids say they would clean their rooms every day for an entire year to get their most desirable toys.  Eighty-four percent say they would work hard and give up playtime.  

But even kids have limits.  Just 23 percent of the kids surveyed would eat spinach for a year to get their holiday toys.

The survey also found:

  • 78 percent of parents plan to buy the same amount of toys for their children regardless of how naughty or nice they’ve been throughout the year.
  • The top toy gifts parents want to give their kids this Christmas are “toys that teach.”  The top toys on kids’ wish lists are dolls and action figures.
  • Many parents are apparently in the dark when it comes to knowing whether or not their kids find their gifts ahead of the big day.  Twenty-three percent of kids say they have found their gifts before Christmas.  Just 14 percent of parents say their kids have uncovered their hidden gifts.  The top hiding place in a home is a closet.
  • Persistence works.  When asked about the most persuasive technique their kid uses to get the toy he/she wants for Christmas, the top response for parents is their child asks them repeatedly for the gift.  Kids agree.  Their most popular method for ensuring they get the gift they want is to keep telling Mom or Dad over and over again.

Walmart’s Talking Holiday Toys Survey was conducted by GFK Public Affairs and involved 1,009 children between the ages of 3 and 11 and their parents.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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