I spent some time shopping over the weekend, and noticed that I was not the only one helping the economy. Fortunately for me though, I was able to avoid the toy section. It is a depressing place for me as everything now is in kits and orchestrated fun; so little is left to the imagination.
I wonder what is out there now that will find its way into the Toy Hall of Fame. Yes, there really is one, and each year they admit a few toys to the shrine that are: “iconic, ageless, and inspirational.” Good luck with entries from this season!
But the Hall has plenty of toys from years gone by to add to its collection. The 2014 inductees: little green army men, Rubik’s Cube and bubbles. Finalists that did not make it this year included: Fisher-Price Little People, Operation, paper airplanes, American Girl dolls and Slip ‘n Slide.
I had fun reading over the whole list of items that were deemed worthy of induction. Rubber duckies and chess made it last year. The Hall includes classics like View-Master, Barbie, erector set, marbles, Tinkertoys and Raggedy Ann. There are some “non-toy” toys such as blanket, stick, cardboard box and a kite.
I was struck by the simple nature of the toys that made the list. Few require batteries and some can be homemade. Instead of trying to out-do the next guy, you may be better served to stick to the basics. I think this applies to toys as well as to problem solving of all kinds. Applied imagination can make magic out of anything.