The sand, for some, can of course be rough, itchy, and go everywhere, but on November 4 it could land a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame.
The famous entertainment topic, which has kept kids busy at the beach and in the sandbox for generations, joins 11 other iconic toys and games on this year’s list of finalists for the Strong National Museum of Play’s Toy Hall of Fame .
In addition to sand, the Rochester, NY Museum selected the American Girl Dolls, Battleship, Billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Mahjong, Masters of the Universe, Piñata, Risk, Settlers figures as finalists. Catan and the toy fire truck.
But only three of those 12 toys or games will land a Hall of Fame spot.
The dozen finalists come from thousands of nominations. By November, a committee will be examining the toys to determine whether they are widely respected and remembered over several generations, whether they have fostered learning or creativity, and whether they have changed the design of the game or toys, has declared the museum.
But the selection committee will not choose alone – this year the public will act collectively as an equal member. People can vote for their favorite toys until September 22, after which the top three candidates will be presented on a single ballot, joining the other 22 ballots submitted by committee members.
“These 12 toys represent the wide range of toys – from one of the world’s most universal toys, like sand, to a game-changing board game, like Risk, to the popular adult pool game,” Christopher Bensch, museum director vice president of collections, said in a statement. “Whether old or new, for kids or adults, these 12 toy finalists have greatly influenced the world of play.”
74 toys have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including the teddy bear, Wiffle Ball, the Atari 2600 play system, Crayola Crayons and Candy Land – a huge range of items and activities that have marked successes. generations of children in different ways.
Learn more about this year’s finalists
American dolls: Since 1986, the American Girl Dolls have explored the social and cultural history of America, the Museum of Play said. Each doll fits into a specific theme or period, such as a WWII-era doll of a girl waiting for her father to come home from the war, the museum said.
Battleship: For decades, Battleship has tested the power of guessing players who must sink their opponents’ armada before theirs is sunk. Although played since the 1930s on paper, the museum explained, the plastic edition of Milton Bradley’s game became a hit in 1967.
Billiards: Billiards, an age-old game category of which billiards is most prevalent in the United States, is a popular adult game in homes, bars and restaurants, according to the museum.
Cabbage Patch Kids: “When Cabbage Patch Kids launched in 1979, they provided American children with a soft, cuddly playmate in a world of hard toys and cold electronics,” the museum said. “Consumers couldn’t get enough of the dolls, each with their own name, unique, bumpy rounded face, and adoption papers.”
Corn popper: The Fisher-Price Corn Popper, pictured above right, was introduced in 1957 as a “fun device” for young children, the museum said, but parents found that by pushing it, the Children could develop their walking and motor skills while enjoying the colorful and vibrant balls of the toy.
Mahjong: Mahjong, which originated in Asia, became popular in the 1920s, according to the museum. The game was originally played like American gin rummy before the National Mah Jongg League established more formal rules in the 1930s. The game has appealed to a wide range of people in American society.
Masters of the Universe: The Masters of the Universe figurines, according to the museum, are from the 1980s cartoon series “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.”
Piñata: The piñata, a papier-mâché object filled with everything from toys to candy, has been a staple of parties for generations. Typically, a blindfolded person will attempt to open the piñata with a bat or stick, ideally without injuring their guests.
Risk: “First published in the United States in 1959, Risk challenges players to control armies and take over the world,” the museum said. “Innovative game mechanics sparked a resurgence of interest in strategy games in the 1970s and continue to influence the board game industry.” The game is pictured above along with the other finalists.
Sand: Wherever it appears, sand entertains children in various ways. And the wet sand is even better, the museum noted, allowing children and adults to build castles and sculptures. It is a universal and accessible toy for centuries.
Catania: In Settlers of Catan, now called Catan, players “establish a colony on an island by spending resources, which are earned through trade and dice rolls,” the museum said. It was called the “game of our time” by the Washington Post, the museum added.
Toy fire truck: The toy fire truck, which the museum says has evolved in design and materials over time, remains an opportunity for a child to play firefighter and save someone in danger. “This variety of possibilities allows a child to practice communication skills, cognitive flexibility and explore risk, technical skills and emotional courage,” the museum said.