Stick Inducted Into Toy Hall of Fame

The lowly stick gets a place of honor among other playthings.

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It's a wand, a snowman's arm, a drawing tool for sand, or, if you're an antagonistic little brother, a sword. Either way, it's a simple toy for complex imaginations. CNN tells us that the ecofriendliest toy of all - the simple stick - has earned a place of honor in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The stick joins such favorites as Mr. Potato Head, the kite and Atari as a favorite toy of all time for children (and canines).

"It's very open-ended, all-natural, the perfect price -- there aren't any rules or instructions for its use," said Christopher Bensch, the museum's curator of collections. I'm willing to bet that a greener toy doesn't exist.

I wonder, though - how many kids still play with sticks? My vote for the next Toy Hall of Fame inductee is another green pick - the leftover washing machine box. What's yours?

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