Nuremberg (dpa) - For Christmas, birthday or just so get children toys. What they like, adults can not always understand. The trends this year:

COLLECT: Popular with girls are little dolls, which are packed as a surprise. This year, 1.6 million units were sold from January to October, and thus more than 2018. Pokémon trading cards and other products with the comic pocket monsters are also hypeing again, according to the BVS.

CLASSICS: Board games, wooden toys, dolls, cuddly toys, model trains, toy cars and other vehicles are growth drivers in the industry, according to the German Association of the Toy Industry. Parlor games from Germany have even become an export hit.

TECHNIQUE AND CONSTRUCTION: According to the BVS, ball tracks for mating and construction kits have a fixed place under the Christmas tree. These are not only popular with children, but also in adults.

INTERACTIVE: cuddly toys communicate with children and move. Plush cars can be remotely controlled. Also in classic toy cars comes movement. Game worlds come to life via app. The novelties before Christmas include many toys that connect the haptic with the digital world.