Toy Hall of Fame honors the stick

A classic toy dating from prehistoric times, the stick, has been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Previous inductees range from the bicycle and Mr. Potato Head to Crayola crayons and the cardboard box.

Curators . . .  praised (the stick’s) all-purpose, all-natural, no-cost qualities and its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed by imaginations into something else.

About two minutes into the video, you’ll see the ceremonial entrance of the stick as it passes under an arch of raised sticks. As an added play bonus, it’s in a cardboard box.

At The Corner, Jonah Goldberg wonders when the snowball will be recognized.

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    One of the funniest things Johnie Carson ever did was a sort of infomercial for “Dickie the Stick”–who was good for hours of fun, ridiculously expensive, and, yes, nothing but a piece of wood. Alas, I don’t see it on YouTube.

  2. Last time I checked, sticks were banned at all schools.

  3. While the snowball is not without its charms, it has not made itself as readily available to children in all climates as has the stick. I would think the rock would be the best next choice – it’s a natural companion to the stick, and as easily acquired in almost any environment. It might also open up the avenue for the snowball – since rocks have been used to enhance snowballs from time to time.