Leeds pupils Christmas toy-testing treat

Santa and elf with (back row) Lilly, Kieran, Santa, Cameron, Jesse, front, Kennedy, Amy, Zak, Joyce, Jack and Macey and the Finn McMissile car they tested.
Santa and elf with (back row) Lilly, Kieran, Santa, Cameron, Jesse, front, Kennedy, Amy, Zak, Joyce, Jack and Macey and the Finn McMissile car they tested.
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Lucky Leeds schoolchildren swapped the classroom for the playroom as they became toy testers for the day.

Ten pupils from Middleton St Mary’s Primary School were invited to the White Rose Shopping Centre to run the rule over its festive wares for kids.

And, after a fun-packed few hours at the coal face, they came up with a wish list of the top 10 toys on sale at the White Rose.

Number one on their chart was Disney’s Finn McMissile remote control character from smash-hit film Cars 2.

Runners-up spot went to a toy replica of a scorpion, available from Marks & Spencer.

Coming in third, meanwhile, was a cuddly reindeer and clothes from the Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Other items on the list included a projector desk and a crazy sound keyboard, both from the Early Learning Centre.

Unsurprisingly, the trip to the White Rose got the thumbs-up from the Middleton St Mary’s pupils, who were all aged between four and nine.

Sarah Tarrant, higher level teaching assistant at the school, said: “The children jumped at the chance to get involved.

“They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and took their role really seriously to ensure the best toys were selected.”

White Rose marketing manager Nikki Appleton said: “We all know how difficult children can be to buy for when there are so many toys to choose from.

“We hope this [list] proves to be a foolproof guide for any shoppers who are trying to decipher what children will be hoping Santa brings them on Christmas morning.”

The pupils were joined on their visit by Santa, who will be at the White Rose’s Upper Circle area every day up until Christmas Eve.

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