After a rousing morning of perusing the original Space Jam Website, my coworker @hornfolio introduced me to a little something called the Toy Hall of Fame. While I expected items such as Checkers, a dollhouse, crayons and even dominoes to have made the cut, I did not think a stick – like the tree kind of stick – would have made the list.
The stick was inducted into this famed list in 2008, a solid um – forever after they were invented… by the earth. The following is the picture they use along with the borderline second grade level description, which I find very entertaining. Be sure to note the allusion to sticks perhaps being the oldest toy, adults not being able to resist their stick-like allure, and finally, while reiterating they may or may not be the oldest toy, they are not definitely, but possibly the best.
The stick may be the world’s oldest toy. Animals play with sticks, and we use them to play fetch with our dogs. Children find sticks an endless source of make-believe fun. Sticks can turn into swords, magic wands, majorette batons, fishing poles, and light sabers. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity and develop their imaginations. They explore as they search outdoors for just the right one. Children build with sticks, bat balls with them, and walk with them. They are the original building blocks for creative play. Sticks also promote free play—the freedom to invent and discover. They encourage playing outside instead of inside. Sticks are all around us; they are natural and free. And playing with sticks isn’t just for children and animals. Adult artists, crafters, decorators, and architects all make use of sticks in sculptures, wreaths, furniture, and building design. Few adults or children can resist simple play with sticks—from drawing in the sand on the beach, to building a campfire and then toasting marshmallows. Sticks are not only possibly the oldest toys, they’re possibly the best!
Other toys deserving of his noteworthy acclaim include Monopoly (even though they killed the Iron), playing cards (which somehow didn’t make it in until 2010), a blanket (which if you ask me, is not a toy at all), and finally an erector set (which is a really inappropriately named child’s toy).