Opening the Toy Box

Opening the Toy Box

Baby Nancy, Jenga and sidewalk chalk are now in the National Toy Hall of Fame. 

They were inducted in a ceremony at The Strong National Museum of Play, chosen from a list of 12 finalists including Lite-Brite, My Little Pony and Tamagotchi. 

Baby Nancy was a Black baby doll with natural hair made by Shindana Toys in 1968, a community-owned company dedicated to making toys reflecting Black pride.  Sidewalk chalk was chosen because historians believe even the earliest humans played with chalk.  And Jenga is named after the Swahili word “to build,” created by an English woman based on the wooden blocks she played with as a child in Africa. 

The National Toy Hall of Fame honors toys that have encouraged creative play for generations.

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