National Toy Hall of Fame finalists

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(September 24, 2014) – Who will Slip’N Slide into the top two spots to become the latest toys featured in the National Toy Hall of Fame?

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, officials at The Strong’s National Museum of Play announced its National Toy Hall of Fame finalists for 2014 on Monday.

Thousands of toys were nominated by the public, and Strong officials narrowed the field to one dozen.

Those contenders are American Girl dolls, bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess toy trucks, little green Army men, My Little Pony, the Operation Skill Game, the paper airplane, pots and pans, the Rubik’s Cube, Slip’N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys.

The Democrat & Chronicle reports that a committee of national experts will pick the winners using four criteria — the toy must stand the test of time, must be widely recognized and must encourage learning, creativity and discovery through play over generations.

There are currently 53 toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame, including the Etch A Sketch, Play-Doh, Barbie and the Frisbee.

Last year’s winners were the game of chess and the rubber duck.

You can see the two winners as part of the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection on November 6th.

The National Toy Hall of Fame museum was established in 1998, and it is located in Rochester, New York.