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59 of the best toys of all time

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What do a ball, stick and cardboard box have in common? They are just three of the toys that are members of the National Toy Hall of Fame. This award is given by The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. It features 59 (and counting) of the best toys of all time.

G.I. Joe and Barbie have been inducted, and so have Raggedy Ann and Andy. The hall of fame has toys that help create (Play-Doh, Easy-Bake Oven) and build (LEGO and Lincoln Logs). It includes the old — alphabet blocks — and the new(ish) — Nintendo Game Boy.

Basically, it features some really great toys that you might want in your collection.

“From my perspective, great toys empower kids to learn, create, discover and socialize. They’re often the vehicles for open-ended play, the kind that isn’t controlled by preconceived notions of how the activity will proceed,” said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections and chief curator at The Strong. “A great toy fully engages players and immerses them in an experience that takes off in new directions for body, mind and imagination.”

Beginning in 1998, The Strong has awarded hall of fame status based on four criteria:  icon status, longevity, discovery (meaning it fosters learning and creativity), and innovation. Each year, the public can nominate toys for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Then, an internal committee narrows the field to 12, and a national advisory committee selects the inductees. In 2015, the finalists included American Girl Dolls, Battleship, coloring books, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, scooters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, tops, and the Wiffle Ball.  Three toys were inducted: the puppet, Twister and the Super Soaker.

If you need some gift-giving inspiration this year, here are 59 of the most well-loved and well-proven toys in American history.

Alphabet Blocks

alphabet-blocks

Inducted 2003

Atari 2600 Game System

atari-2600

Inducted 2007

Baby Doll

baby-doll

Inducted 2008

Ball

ball

Inducted 2009

Barbie

barbie

Inducted 1998

Bicycle

bicycle

Inducted 2000

Big Wheel

big-wheel

Inducted 2009

Blanket

blanket

Inducted 2011

Bubbles

bubbles_0

Inducted 2014

Candy Land

candyland

Inducted 2005

Cardboard Box

cardboard-box

Inducted 2005

Checkers

checkers

Inducted 2003

Chess

chess

Inducted 2013

Crayola Crayons

crayola-crayons

Inducted 1998

Dollhousedollhouse

 

Inducted 2011

Dominoes

dominoes

Inducted 2012

Duncan Yo-Yo

yo-yo

Inducted 1999

Easy-Bake Oven

easy-bake-oven

Inducted 2006

Erector Set

erector-set

Inducted 1998

Etch A Sketch

etch-a-sketch

Inducted 1998

Frisbee

frisbee

Inducted 1998

G.I. Joe

gi-joe

Inducted 2004

The Game of Life

game-of-life

Inducted 2010

Hot Wheels

hot-wheels

Inducted 2011

Hula Hoop

hula-hoop

Inducted 1999

Jack-in-the-Box

jack-in-the-box

Inducted 2005

Jacks

jacks

Inducted 2000

Jigsaw Puzzle

puzzle

Inducted 2002

Jump Rope

jump-rope

Inducted 2000

Kite

kite

Inducted 2007

LEGO

lego

Inducted 1998

Lincoln Logs

lincoln-logs

Inducted 1999

Lionel Trains

lionel-trains

Inducted 2006

Little Green Army Men

littlegreenarmymen_0

Inducted 2014

Marbles

marbles

Inducted 1998

Monopoly

monopoly

Inducted 1998

Potato Head

mr-potato-head

Inducted 2000

Nintendo Game Boy

nintendo-game-boy

Inducted 2009

Play-Doh

play-doh

Inducted 1998

Playing Cards

playing-cards

Inducted 2010

Puppet

puppet-square

Inducted 2015

Radio Flyer Wagon

radio-flyer

Inducted 1999

Raggedy Ann and Andy

raggedy-ann-andy

Inducted 2002, 2007

Rocking Horse

rocking-horse

Inducted 2004

Roller Skates

roller-skates

Inducted 1999

Rubber Duck

rubber-duck

Inducted 2013

Rubik’s Cube

rubiks_0

Inducted 2014

Scrabble

scrabble

Inducted 2004

Silly Putty

silly-putty

Inducted 2001

Skateboard

skateboard

Inducted 2008

Slinky

slinky

Inducted 2000

Star Wars Action Figures

star-wars-action-figures

Inducted 2012

Stick

stick

Inducted 2008

Super Soaker

super-soaker-square

Inducted 2015

Teddy Bear

teddy-bear

Inducted 1998

Tinkertoy

tinkertoy

Inducted 1998

Tonka Trucks

tonka-truck

Inducted 2001

Twister

twister-square

Inducted 2015

View-Master

view-master

Inducted 1999

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