Sidewalk chalk, Baby Nancy, and Jenga inducted into National Toy Hall of Fame

Jenga, Bar, Playing, 2020
Jenga, Bar, Playing, 2020 Photo credit Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLC
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These classic toys will forever hold a place in our hearts and in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Every year, three toys are inducted into the hall of fame, and this year the honor was bestowed upon Sidewalk Chalk, Baby Nancy, and Jenga.

The toys and games beat out 12 other contenders from the likes of bingo, My Little Pony, and Tamagotchi, per the news release.

Sidewalk Chalk

Baby Nancy


The Hall of Fame is located at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Chris Bensch, the museum's chief curator, told CNN, "It may seem frivolous, but this year has really been a fine example of how toys contribute to joy, laughter and imagination."

The toys all stood out for their own reasons. Baby Nancy, released in 1968, was one of the only diverse dolls available, Jenga drew inspiration from the creator's time playing with wooden blocks in Africa, and sidewalk chalk has roots dating back to paleolithic cave art.

"In the wake of protests, demonstrations and a larger understanding of racial inequities, it was time to recognize the breakthrough that was Baby Nancy," Bensch said. "During the pandemic, sidewalk chalk really blossomed. And the sales of table top games and jigsaw puzzles went through the roof as more families stayed home."

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