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)
  • Jacksonwh-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:07 p.m.

    I can see all of the toys mentioned in the article being on the toy hall of fame. Many of them are well known. Many of them are old,and still being played with today. But,I didn't know that there was a toy hall of fame before I read this article. I find this pretty cool,and hope for toys I play with and like to be on the toy hall of fame.

  • Adamho-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    I like how a stick and a cardboard box have made it in the toy hall of fame, but the Slip n' Slide and the Rubik's cube hasn't. I do have to admit though, that a cardboard box can be a lot of fun. Like on Sponge-bob, it teaches you to use your imagination. Although the Rubik's cube can keep you entertained for many hours. The Slip n' Slide is also a very fun toy to use on a hot day in the summer.

  • Bryannecu-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    According to the text they are adding new toys to the toy hall of fame in Rochester, New York. Some of the nominees are Fisher price Little People, Bubbles, Slip'n Slide, and my favorite the Rubik's Cube. I want the Rubik's cube to win because my friend Maddie is teaching me how to solve one. I had to time her and she can finish a Rubik's Cube in 6 minutes and 10 seconds. Out of the nominees only two of the toys will be inducted. The people that work at the museum will tell the world on November 10, 2014. The world better be ready for some of the best toys to be inducted.

  • Alexh-Fre
    9/29/2014 - 01:14 p.m.

    The Toy Hall of Fame benefits Rochester, New York, by bringing visitors to the city and recognizing it. According to the text, Fisher-Price Little People, My Little Pony, Rubik's Cube, Slip 'N Slide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys, and toy tucks sold at Hess Gas Stations, are nominees into the Hall of Fame. I have never heard of Fisher- Price Little People, so I can't say anything about that but I can say that these are great nominees to be put into the Hall of Fame. The two I want to be inducted is the Rubik's Cube and the Slip 'N Slide.

  • AutumnB-Pay
    9/29/2014 - 01:46 p.m.

    I think it benefits the city to help which toys should be given to less fortunate kids. I think people visit Rochester to see competition in general.

  • AlexanderJ-Pay
    9/29/2014 - 01:46 p.m.

    The Toy Hall of Fame attracts people to Rochester, NY. I would want to visit Rochester because I have family members that live in the area.

  • TiffanyA-Pay
    9/29/2014 - 01:46 p.m.

    I think that weird 30 year old men living in their parents' basement would like to come to see the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY. Maybe other people would be interested in seeing the toys (such as Toymakers), but it sounds like a place where creepy middle-aged men would gather. You might visit Rochester to see the National Museum of Play.

  • JamesW-Pay
    9/29/2014 - 01:46 p.m.

    The Toy Hall of Fame will make the city more popular and the city will become a more popular tourist attraction. Rochester may have other tourist attractions, or you might just want to go there to see what Rochester is like.

  • JessicaK-Pay
    9/29/2014 - 01:46 p.m.

    The Toy Hall of Fame could bring a lot of tourism to Rochester, boosting the towns economy. Other reasons to visit Rochester could be simply visiting large towns and cities in New York.

  • AlanaW-Pay
    9/29/2014 - 01:48 p.m.

    The Toy Hall of Fame benefits Rochester because, more people will visit the Toy Hall of Fame and that's good for Rochester. Another reason to visit Rochester would be to see the area and enjoy whatever it has to offer.

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