Longfellow ES students reveal top toys for the holidays

Longfellow Elementary School has brought back a decade-long favorite holiday tradition. For the first time since before the pandemic, the school hosted media for the 11th Annual HISD Toy Survey.

In the weeks leading up to the event, a group of students surveyed their classmates to determine the most popular gifts kids would like to receive for the holidays. In a mid-morning press conference, the students announced the top five toys for each grade level. The goal of the survey is to help give parents and relatives an idea of what to buy before they do their holiday shopping.

See the findings below:

Fifth Grade

  1. PlayStation
  2. iPhone
  3. Virtual reality headset
  4. Bead bracelet maker
  5. Roblox gift card

Fourth Grade

  1. iPhone
  2. Mil Robux, iPad, PlayStation, Computer (four-way tie)

Third Grade

  1. Virtual reality headset
  2. PlayStation
  3. iPad
  4. Slime
  5. iPhone

Second Grade

  1. LOLz
  2. Car toys
  3. Squishmellows
  4. OMG doll and big teddy bear (tie)

First Grade

  1. Barbie
  2. Squishmellows
  3. iPhone, fidget spinners, Hungry Hungry Hippos (three-way tie)


  1. Pop its
  2. Sticky orbs
  3. Squishmellows and princess dance mat (tie)
  4. Mochi


  1. Squishies
  2. Spiderman
  3. Fire truck
  4. Fidgets
  5. Dinosaur toys

The project is also an opportunity for the students to develop computer skills as they put together their findings in Excel and present them using PowerPoint. They also write their own scripts for the presentation.

Almost every year of the event, the Target store on Main Street has sponsored the survey and given toys away to students at Longfellow Elementary School for the holidays.