The Toy Hall of Fame was established in 1998 and moved to this location in 2002. So far 49 toys have been inducted using these 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
- Innovation: The toy profoundly changed play or toy design. A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.
Here are some of my favorite hall of famers and some of the interesting things I learned about them:
You can see and read about all 49 toys in the Hall of Fame here. Each year the public is invited to nominate toys they think merit inclusion in the Hall of Fame. You have until July 31st to get your nomination in for the next inductees. Which of your favorite toys has yet to earn this honor?
(Images: Carrie McBride)