Yesterday the finalists for induction into The National Toy Hall of Fame were announced, and I'll bet you had some of these toys when you were young. Or maybe your kids or grandchildren played with them.
The 2021 nominees include the very pricey but very cool American Girl Dolls. Yup, I spent lots of money on those dolls along with clothes and accessories for my daughter. Also making the list is the game Battleship, the 80s phenomenon Cabbage Patch Kids, Mahjong, Masters of the Universe, the pinata, Risk, the board game The Settlers of Catan, and the toy fire engine. Because there are lots of everyday things that kids play with, just plain old sand for a sandbox, that made the list as well. In fact items including a stick and a cardboard box are already in the Toy Hall of Fame.
And the last of the 12 nominees is probably one of the most annoying toys ever...the Fisher Price Corn Popper! Those things made so much noise! Great gift for kids, torture for their parents!
The public is allowed to make their voice heard with the "Player's Choice" ballot online through September 22nd. Those votes will be counted in the tally as one member of the 23-member National Selection Advisory Committee. The committee will announce the inductees on November 4th.
To date there are 74 toys in the Toy Hall of Fame! Click HERE to see if your favorites are already in there!