All over the news, you are hearing about Black Friday starting a day early! Some stores plan to be open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving. Even though that is a great discussion to have with your students, this post is more about toys making the headlines. From this year’s Hall of Fame winners to Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday, these events are a great opportunity to have student read, research and debate toys.
Why wait three year for Toys Story 4? Have students write their own sequel! Here is a video clip about its release in 2017.
Have students read or listen to NPR’s report Rubik’s Cube, Bubbles And Green Army Men Join Toy Hall Of Fame Bubbles, Army men, and the Rubik’s cube were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Have students research past recipients. Determine if your favorite toy is in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Nominate it and post reasons to the class blog on why it should be considered. After responding to the class blog, have students complete application on the National Toy Hall of Fame website – Nominate.
Hello Kitty was created 40 years ago to inspire happiness, friendship, and sharing across the world. Since her first appearance on a coin purse in 1974, she has become a global phenomenon and friend to millions. Happy 40th Anniversary, Hello Kitty! Check out Hello Kitty’s official website. Did you know that the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles is hosting a “Hello Kitty” exhibition? Now until April, the evolution of Hello Kitty products, along with rare pieces are featured.
Give students the opportunity to find out why this toy has been around for forty years. Have students ask their parents about a toy they played with when they were younger and if it is still around today. Personally, I am so sad that Mrs. Beasley is no longer available (except for eBay at a very high price.) Have students post their parents’ responses.