The National Toy Hall of Fame recently announced it’s 2011 inductees. Congratulations go to the dollhouse, a blanket and Hot Wheels. These three items have definitely influenced boys and girls throughout history.
The Hall of Fame includes classic toys that have icon status, inspire innovation, discovery and creativity, and have stood the test of time. Toys inducted include familiar brand names like Scrabble and LEGO along with generic items like a ball or baby doll. Even items that require more imagination, like a cardboard box or a stick have achieved Hall of Fame status. There are more to toys and creative play than flashy boxes and licensed properties.
In addition to the dollhouse, blanket and Hot Wheels, the finalists for 2011 included: Dungeons and Dragons, Jenga, Pogo Stick, puppet, radio-controlled vehicles, Rubik’s Cube, Simon, Star Wars action figures, Transformers, and Twister. I voted for a top but that didn’t make the cut. If your favorite made the finalist list be sure to vote next year. It has a good chance to make it to induction status.
The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong, established in 1998, recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations.
Anyone can nominate a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators, and other individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers.