National Toy Hall of Fame 2017

It’s that time of year again!

The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play, in Rochester, New York, is preparing to announce the 2017 inductees to this prestigious roster of toys.  Announcement of the new inductees is set for Thursday, November 9 at 10:30am.

The Strong, a museum solely dedicated to play, began sponsoring the annual National Toy Hall of Fame contest in 1998.  There are currently 62 toy honorees.

Toys must meet four rigorous selection criteria to make the cut:

Icon status:  the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered

Longevity:  the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations

Discovery:  the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play

Innovation:  the toy profoundly changed play or toy design.  A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

You can nominate a toy for consideration and vote for the finalists.   Winners are chosen by a committee of historians and educators selected by The Strong Museum.  Anywhere from one to three new inductees are chosen each year.  There are twelve finalists in the 2017 list.

Nominations for this year’s competition is closed, there is still time to vote for your favorite finalist — so get to it.   Go to The National Toy Hall of Fame website at to submit your vote.  As you review the list and read about each finalists, I invite you to consider which toys were an important part of your childhood and how they impacted your play and friendships.

Based on the selection criteria, I am predicting three new inductees:  the paper airplane,  

the Wiffle Ball,

and the Matchbox Car .

What’s your prediction?  Share it here and I’ll keep a tally.  After the announcement is made on November 9, I’ll let you know how we fared.

Most important:  What did you do to play today?  If you haven’t, just remember — the day ain’t over yet.