Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame
Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Those humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the board game Operation and several return nominees. Those include 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 is at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York. Two winners will be inducted Nov. 6.
Anyone can nominate a toy. A museum advisory committee narrows down the list. Then a national committee of history, toy and education experts votes in the winners.
Inductees have to be widely recognized. They must have 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. Fifty-one other toys 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.
Items like the cardboard box and stick have also made the hall. That's for inspiring kids to transform them into play things on their own.
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