As a child, I played with toys, and some were very special. I loved my stuffed animals (Bunny and Dogger) to pieces. Other favorites were wooden—the pull toy with colored blocks, the truck stuffed with building blocks. A version of Legos was tons of fun. Barbie’s clothes were awesome. My sisters and I played board games – Life, Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, Checkers, and Chess, and many card games – Old Maid, Crazy Eights, Solitaire, Rook. Puzzles rocked.
My sons grew up in the era of Beanie Babies and Nintendo. They played Hungry Hippos, Chess. And Everything Batman ruled.
The National Toy Hall of Fame opened in 1998. To be recognized, “a toy has to reach icon status and foster learning or discovery. They also must have changed play or toy design.”
To quote Christopher Bensch, VP of the Strong Museum, “These 12 toys span the history of play. The top…
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