Welcome to this year’s crop of nominees for induction into the Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester New York.
Each year the museum comes up with a list of nominees, and then a national selection committee decides which two (or three) will actually be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside 63 other toys. According to the museum’s website, in order to make it into the Hall of Fame, the toys must meet the following criteria:
Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered);
Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations);
Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play); and
Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).
The final announcement of this year’s inductees will be on Thursday November 9th at 10:30am!
And… the NOMINEES are… Clue, The Magic 8 Ball, Transformers, UNO, Matchbox Cars, The PEZ dispenser, Wiffle balls, play food, My Little Pony, RISK, paper airplanes… and… sand!
What do YOU think of this year’s list of nominees… the paper airplane? Sand? Which toys should make the cut this year? Have your say in the comments or take part in their poll:
— The Strong Museum (@museumofplay) September 14, 2017