Parents looking to rein in holiday spending on Wiis and other high-tech gadgets for their kids this year: take heart.
The stick - possibly the world's oldest toy - was added Nov. 27 to the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Barbie, Slinky, teddy bears, Mr. Potato Head and Play-Doh.
"The good thing about a stick is it's limitless," said Patricia Hogan, a curator for the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., which houses the Hall of Fame. "Today, it's a magic wand. Tomorrow, it's a fishing pole."
Wellington mom Kim Toohey said she isn't surprised the stick was finally getting its due.
"I have three boys, and they played with sticks more than anything else we bought them," she said. "It's right up there with the box and the pots and pans."
This isn't just kid stuff. The second-largest children's museum in the United States, and the only one dedicated specifically to the study of play, the Strong Museum is chartered by the New York Board of Regents and publishes a scholarly journal through the University of Illinois.
But outside of academia, it's best known for housing the Toy Hall of Fame, which each year chooses a select few playthings for posterity.
Criteria include fueling imagination, according to the museum's Hogan. The toy should also be part of the lives of many kids, preferably over several generations.
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