Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame
Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame Bubbles and Rubik's Cube are finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame (Thinkstock)
Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame
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Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Those humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the board game Operation and several return nominees, including little green Army men and bubbles.

The other 2014 nominees are: Fisher-Price Little People, My Little Pony, Rubik's Cube, Slip 'N Slide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys and the toy trucks sold each holiday shopping season at Hess gas stations.

The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, announced the finalists on Monday. Two winners will be inducted Nov. 6.

Anyone can nominate a toy. A museum advisory committee narrows down the list and a national committee of history, toy and education experts then votes in the winners.

Inductees have to be widely recognized, proven to be more than a passing fad and foster learning, creativity or discovery through play.

The two winners will join last year's honorees, the rubber duck and chess, along with the 51 other toys that have been inducted since the hall was established in 1998.

Other past winners include Etch A Sketch, Play-Doh, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head and the Frisbee.

But items like the cardboard box and stick have also made the hall for inspiring kids to transform them into play things on their own.

Critical thinking challenge: How does the Toy Hall of Fame benefit the city of Rochester, New York? What other reason might you have for visiting Rochester?

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COMMENTS (83)
  • klai
    9/25/2014 - 10:40 a.m.

    my little pony is considered one of toys of the year? Paper planes I personally don't consider a toy. There is really a toy hall of fame!

  • NashMcComsey-Ste
    9/25/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    What is the best toy? Toy's are just as debatable as to which one is the best as to other things are, like music, or movies. The interesting thing that they are doing with this idea is that it is an open forum, allowing anyone to submit a toy.

  • CapeleyZ-1
    9/25/2014 - 08:13 p.m.

    The toy hall of fame is very competitive. Although anyone can enter they also have very large toy companies such as American girl doll and fisher price. The hall of fame started in 1998 and is in Rochester, New York. I think that it is very cool to have a toy hall of fame and I hope other things like it will come up soon.

  • SH2000Lovie
    9/26/2014 - 08:42 a.m.

    The toy hall of fame benefits the city of Rochester, New York because anyone can nominate a toy there and even get a chance to win, another reason that you might want to also visit the Rochester is that you might just went to inspire children to try and come up with things by themselves; like a child knows what other children his/her age likes.

  • NJ2001Game
    9/26/2014 - 12:58 p.m.

    More People come because of the museum increasing the amount of people in Rochester, New York. I might go to check out all the toys in the hall of fame.

  • NJesse-Cas
    9/26/2014 - 11:53 p.m.

    The Toy Hall of Fame is such a cute idea. There are so many iconic toys that involve imagination and creativity! Toys are a huge part of a child's development and learning. This is a great way to recognize toys that are widely played with, or toys that children love. Toys and their creators should be recognized since they are so important to a child's growth!

  • vincet-Koc
    9/29/2014 - 02:59 a.m.

    A lot of the toys that were mentioned in the article I played with when I was younger. Still to this day people rave about those toys, if they were to be placed into the hall of fame, I would feel i contributed to the toy's popularity.

  • elliotja-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    I never knew there was a toy hall of fame. That is crazy. I like some toys like the Frisbee and the Rubik's cube. They are both fun to play with and I think they should both get to the hall of fame. All the other nominees are kind of boring to play with in my opinion. Good luck 2014 nominees!!!

  • elliotja-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    I never knew there was a toy hall of fame. That is crazy. I like some toys like the Frisbee and the Rubik's cube. They are both fun to play with and I think they should both get to the hall of fame. All the other nominees are kind of boring to play with in my opinion. Good luck 2014 nominees!!!

  • Nickgu-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:06 p.m.

    I think it is cool that there is a toy hall of fame. I like that they inducted the stick and cardboard box. Those are cool toys that you can make anything out of them. I would really like to visit the hall of fame. I think it would be cool.

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