An unusual toy was named to the Toy Hall of Fame and the internet has some thoughts

American Girl Dolls lined up
American Girl Dolls lined up Photo credit  Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for American Girl

This year's selections for entry into the National Toy Hall of Fame might raise a few eyebrows.

Presented by the National Museum of Play, we offer a big congratulations to American Girl Dolls, the board game Risk, and... Sand?

These three entries beat out nine other finalists who didn't receive enough votes from toy industry experts, historians, and the general public to make it into the National Hall of Fame this year.

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American Girl Dolls, Risk, and Sand (yes, actual sand, like from a beach or sandbox) beat out Battleship, billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper. Mahjong, "Masters of the Universe" toys, the piñata, The Settlers of Catan, and toy fire engine.

In defense of the unexpected Sand, the Museum of Play site states, "Sand may be the most universal and oldest toy in the world. Educator Maria Montessori has argued that sand "is only one substance that the modern child is allowed to handle quite freely.'"

The internet had quite a few thoughts.

Some people were happy: "In case anyone was wondering - sand was just inducted into the toy hall of fame. Congratulations to sand!" one user noted.

However, one person took issue with the description, stating: "Also, sand cannot be the "most universal" toy in the world. There's lots of places that aren't sandy!"

Another noted that not everyone is happy with the choice, adding: "Somewhere, Dirt is preparing a detailed essay about being snubbed from the National Toy Hall of Fame yet again. "Stupid Sand, always stealing my spotlight!""

Last year's inductees, per the Museum of Play, included Jenga, sidewalk chalk, and Baby Nancy.

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