The blanket, Hot Wheels and the dollhouse. Congratulations, you’re in.
Dungeons & Dragons, Jenga, pogo stick, puppet, R/C vehicles, Rubik’s Cube, Simon, Star Wars action figures, Transformers, Twister. Sorry, better luck next time.
The National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., announced its latest inductees on Thursday. The winners join 46 previous inductees.
Curators said the blanket was a special addition in the spirit of two earlier inductees, the cardboard box and the stick. They praised its ability to serve either as recreational raw material or an accessory transformed in myriad ways by a child’s daydreams.
Christopher Bensch, the museum’s chief curator, told AP:
Every now and again we like to shake things up, remind folks there’s play experiences that happen purely creatively … rather than coming with rules, a path, a backstory you feel constrained into.
“Blankets have been keeping people warm for centuries, but they’ve also been heating up kids’ imaginations,” serving as magic carpets and superhero capes, a peek-a-boo veil, a chair-draped fortress or “an island of safety surrounded by sea monsters.”