The stick — a small tree branch — was inducted into the (U.S.) National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. Organizers called it one of the world’s oldest toys and said sticks “promote free play — the freedom to invent and discover.”

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The stick may be the world’s oldest toy. Animals play with sticks, and we use them to play fetch with our dogs. Children find sticks an endless source of make-believe fun. Sticks can turn into swords, magic wands, majorette batons, fishing poles, and light sabers. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity and develop their imaginations. They explore as they search outdoors for just the right one. Children build with sticks, bat balls with them, and walk with them. 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. And playing with sticks isn’t … Continue Reading (1 minute read)

12 thoughts on “The stick — a small tree branch — was inducted into the (U.S.) National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. Organizers called it one of the world’s oldest toys and said sticks “promote free play — the freedom to invent and discover.””

  1. PikesPique

    Other inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame include Play-Dough, the Ataria 2600 Game System, little green army men, the paper airplane and the cardboard box. [https://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/year](https://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/year)

  2. theWet_Bandits

    I’ve been to this museum. It’s in my hometown (Rochester). Super nostalgic. I would definitely recommend going if you ever find yourself for some reason in Rochester.

  3. EDC_CCW

    In elementary recess, the boys and I would go back to the seedy part of the school where all the big trees were. There, we recreated Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, etc. all with sticks. I will always let my kids play with sticks as their creativity blooms with each iteration of play.

  4. josh8851

    When I was younger, friends and I would always find sticks that look like guns and run through the woods killing the invisible bad guys.

  5. MNWNM

    What’s brown and sticky? A stick.

  6. daneelthesane

    Makes sense. I slew many monsters in my childhood with my mighty ~~sword~~ stick.

  7. Hites_05

    Y’all talking about tree bones?

  8. jer_iatric

    Even with modern toys and electronics, my 5 year olds still love playing with sticks!

  9. KingLui014

    “I am a stick!” – Stick

  10. Ballsniff

    What… no love for rocks?

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