child making art with sticks and leavesWhile many of the toys inducted into the “National Toy Hall of Fame” are manufactured classics such as Mr Potato Head (2000) and the Etch-a-Sketch (1998), the Stick (2008), the Blanket (2011), and the Cardboard Box (2005) all have made the list.

[Sticks] are the original building blocks for creative play. Sticks also promote free play—the freedom to invent and discover. They encourage playing outside instead of inside. Sticks are all around us; they are natural and free.”

“With nothing more than a little imagination, [cardboard] boxes can be transformed into forts or houses, spaceships or submarines, castles or caves. Inside a big cardboard box, a child is transported to a world of his or her own, one where anything is possible.”

After a long list of ways kids play with blankets, they conclude, “And best of all, blankets gave cover to legions of kids who read by flashlight long into the night.”

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