As a child, I played with toys, and some were very special. I loved my stuffed animals (Bunny and Dogger) to pieces. Other favorites were wooden—the pull toy with colored blocks, the truck stuffed with building blocks. A version of Legos was tons of fun. Barbie’s clothes were awesome. My sisters and I played board games – Life, Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, Checkers, and Chess, and many card games – Old Maid, Crazy Eights, Solitaire, Rook. Puzzles rocked.
My sons grew up in the era of Beanie Babies and Nintendo. They played Hungry Hippos, Chess. And Everything Batman ruled.
The National Toy Hall of Fame opened in 1998. To be recognized, “a toy has to reach icon status and foster learning or discovery. They also must have changed play or toy design.”
To quote Christopher Bensch, VP of the Strong Museum, “These 12 toys span the history of play. The top is as old as civilization itself, and bingo has been played in some form for hundreds of years. All twelve toys have what it takes to be contenders for the class of 2022.”
Seventy-seven toys have been inducted. For example: the paper airplane, sidewalk chalk, stick, and a cardboard box.
The National Toy Hall of Fame announced these finalists for 2022:
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
I love going to the website (National Toy Hall of Fame – The Strong National Museum of Play) and discovering what has made the list, and checking if some of my favorites are there.
Have I given up my toys? Not hardly. Nominated for 2021 was my favorite toy for the last ten years – Mahjong.
What is/was your favorite toy?
Not only were toys a big favorite, so were books, specifically mysteries. Is it a wonder that I turned to writing them a while back. Check out Temporarily out of Luck:
Great job. What man? And murder. Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister, who is planning her own I Dos.
Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss off someone.
Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered Tracey’s ex before she is charged with the crime and her wedding is ruined?
Find the Hattie Cooks Mysteries at:
Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/temporarily-out-of-luck-vicki-batman/1138678100?ean=2940162304227/
Barnes and Noble Paperback: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/temporarily-out-of-luck-vicki-batman/1138678100?ean=9781509233373/
The Book Depository Paperback: https://www.bookdepository.com/Temporarily-Out-Of-Luck-Vicki-Batman/9781509233373/
BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Temporarily-Out-Luck/Vicki-Batman/9781509233373/
Waterstones Paperback: https://www.waterstones.com/book/temporarily-out-of-luck/vicki-batman/9781509233373/
Apple Books: Temporarily Out Of Luck on Apple Books