Bingo has always been a popular kids’ playtime activity and a teaching tool, and it’s finally getting official recognition as such. The game is among the twelve finalists for the 2020 National Toy Hall of Fame announced by The Strong National Museum of Play based in Rochester, New York.
The 12 toys and games competing for a place in the hall of fame this year include board games such as Sorry!, Jenga®, and Yahtzee, sidewalk chalk, the virtual pet Tamagotchi, the My Little Pony line of mini-horses, and more popular playthings. The finalists will be judged on four criteria:
- Icon-status: to have achieved this, the toy is considered “widely recognised, respected, and remembered.”
- Longevity: the toy has remained popular over multiple generations and has proven to be “more than a passing fad.”
- Discovery: the toy “fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play.”
- Innovation: the toy has had a profound impact on play or toy design, changing industry standards.
Bingo has been nominated for its long history and uses as a teaching aid and a staple for fundraisers and charity organisations. To get a coveted spot among the greatest of playthings, bingo will have to be voted as one of the top three toys or games that will take their honoured places in the 2020 edition of the hall.
The inductees will be chosen by a National Selection Advisory Committee comprising 23 members, with one collective vote, the “Player’s Choice” that gives the public the chance to cast a ballot for their favourite toy and select their own top three.
This is the twenty-second edition of the Toy Hall of Fame which was started in 1998 by The Strong National Museum of Play as a way of recognising “toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period.” Some of the toys and games that have been inducted over the years include the rocking horse, Matchbox Cars, the Teddy Bear, LEGO®, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh, Mattel’s Barbie doll, and Rubik’s Cube, to name just a few.
This year’s three new additions to the Toy Hall of Fame will be announced on November 5 on the National Toy Hall of Fame website.