Meet the 2023 finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame and vote for your favorite!
The Strong National Museum of Play is located in Rochester, New York. The Hall is dedicated to acknowledging the toys and games that have remained popular for many many years. But it doesn’t stop there. There are specific requirements each toy or game has to meet in order to be considered for the National Toy Hall of Fame. The toy must be widely recognized, respected and remembered. It has to be more than just a passing fad. Each toy must nurture and encourage learning, creativity, and/or discovery. And, each toy considered must have, in some way, changed the way kids play.
Seventy-eight toys have been enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame including Barbie, Crayola Crayon, Erector Set, Etch a Sketch, Frisbee, Roller Skates, Bicycle, Alphabet Blocks, Checkers, Jack in the Box, Candy Land, and so many more!
Let’s take a look at the games and toys that are considered for 2023. And, they run the gamut, let me tell you! If you saw the Barbie movie, then you might be happy to see that the Ken doll is in the running for the first time ever! Also included in this year’s nominations are Connect 4, Battleship, Nerf and so many more that you can see below. You can vote online for their favorites until September 20th. The seven winning toys will be made public in November.
The nominees for the National Toy Hall of Fame include:
- Bop It!
- Choose Your Own Adventure game books
- Connect Four
- Little Tykes Cozy Coupe