That is not a misleading headline. Sand is now in the Toy Hall of Fame. Not special sand. Not that kinetic sand. Just sand like you'd find on a beach or in a sandbox.

Joining sand this year was Risk, the board game from Parker Bros and American Girl Dolls. Neither of those things you’ll find just lying next to an ocean, usually.

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This isn’t the THOF’s first non-toy entry. In 2008 they inducted “the stick”.  Fair enough. If you were to go back 10,000 years in history you wouldn’t have found cave-kids playing with American Girl Dolls. They’d have been playing with sticks and sand.  But, if “sand” can be in I think all of these other “natural” toys should have a place in the Hall of Fame.

1.)    Dirt

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So many ways you can play with dirt. Dirt clods were always the best to throw at other kids. They didn’t hurt as bad as a rock. Plus, they exploded on impact so the kid couldn’t deny that he got hit. Dirt can also be used (with “stick” see above) to play Tic Tac Toe. If it rains you can use it to make mud pies. Dirt really is the Nintendo Switch of stone age toys.

2.)    A Hill

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You know…for King of the Hill. Doiiiiiy.


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I’m not sure this is “old as dirt”…or as old as a stick or sand…but I’m including it. The cardboard tube left over from wrapping paper has been around all MY life. We didn’t have fancy STORE BOUGHT light-sabers in MY day! We had to wait for our mom to use up 2 rolls of wrapping paper so we could have our own Jedi fights.

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