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Earlier this week, Nintendo's Game Boy was inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame, along with the Big Wheel and the Ball!
While the Game Boy was selected for revolutionizing the gaming industry and for making gaming as ubiquitous as books, the Ball, was selected because it is one of those toys that never goes out of style - All of us love kicking around one, no matter how old we get!
If nominees like sidewalk chalk, ball and playing cards may seem like ordinary toys, they are - but that's exactly what the folks at the 'Strong National Museum of Play', which started this in 1988, are looking for - toys that have been enjoyed and sustained over a number of years, and are not just this year's Christmas frenzy.
A good example of that is one of last year's winners - a stick, something we have had ever since life began and something that we all love to trip over, throw or simply brandish at our 'foes'.
Other toys that sit pretty in this 'Hall of Fame' include classics like a jump rope, Hula Hoop, teddy bear, Candyland, Jigsaw puzzle, Jacks, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Barbie and even a simple cardboard box.
Located inside the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, the Toy Hall of Fame, houses original and updated versions off all 44 toys. Nominees can be picked by anybody. However, the final decisions are made by historians, educators and other individuals - No kids though!
To nominate your favorite toy or to check out if your favorite toy is in the Hall of Fame go to www.museumofplay.org.