“It may seem frivolous, but this year has really been a fine example of how toys contribute to joy, laughter and imagination,” Chris Bensch, the museum’s chief curator, le dijo a CNN. “It’s really integral to who we are, and how we develop.”
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, all of the toys have very different histories
: Released in
1968, Baby Nancy added a dose of diversity in a sea of white dolls
. Jenga was inspired by its creator’s time playing with wooden blocks as a child in Africa
. mientras tanto, sidewalk chalk has been traced back to paleolithic cave art
Bensch believes these toys particularly shined this year.
“In the wake of protests, demonstrations and a larger understanding of racial inequities, it was time to recognize the breakthrough that was Baby Nancy,” Bensch said. “During the pandemic, sidewalk chalk really blossomed. And the sales of table top games and jigsaw puzzles went through the roof as more families stayed home.”
Do toys get inducted every year?
The Hall of Fame has been coming out with a list of newly added toys each year desde 1988
. The museum says that toys are chosen
“on the advice of historians
, educadores, and other individuals who exemplify learning
, creatividad, and discovery.
The list is a yearlong process involving a process that Bensch likened to the Academy Awards.
Este año, the National Selection Advisory Committee received 3,000 nominations for almost 700 different toys — which it narrowed down to a list of 12 finalists.
The three new toys will appear in an upcoming exhibit at the museum, joining 71 other toys in the Hall of Fame.
So if your favorite toy didn’t make the cut this time, there’s always next year.