Stick it to Ya!

photo credit:  Flickr.com user 'sarahmichelef'The National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York recently announced its 2008 inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame, and to the surprise of many (though not to ten-year-old boys the world over), the stick was one of this year’s recognized toys (the others were the Baby Doll and Skateboard). In celebrating the stick as one of the most important toys of all time (and this is a case in which “all time” really means ALL time), the Museum writes, “The stick may be the world’s oldest toy…. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity and develop their imagination…. They 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.”

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