As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and John Boozman (R-AR) have sponsored a bi-partisan resolution to designate December 22 to 28 as National Toy Week in recognition of the value of toys and play. The resolution, introduced in the Senate this week, encourages people to observe by coming together to play with toys and games.
“Toys play an important role in a child’s growth and serve as a resource for teaching and development, while being fun,” Boozman said.
The resolution also recognizes the toy industry’s importance for the national economy, noting that it supports more than 600,000 full-time jobs and had an economic impact of more than $75 billion this past year. For the resolution to pass, it only needs approval from the Senate.
“The toy industry is a huge economic engine for our country,” Pryor said. “National Toy Week recognizes that toys enrich the lives of our kids and contribute to our nation’s economic growth.”
Update: On December 20, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan resolution, designating December 22 to 28, 2013, as National Toy Week in recognition of the value of toys and play.