All of us have favorite playthings from our childhoods: the toys we insisted on taking to bed at night, the games we played endlessly (until our friends balked). Now you have a chance to tell the story of that special toy in the America at Play:I Love This Toy contest. The contest focuses on this year’s 12 finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame: Dollhouse, Dungeons & Dragons, Hot Wheels, Jenga, Pogo Stick, Puppet, R/C Vehicles, Rubik’s Cube, Simon, Star Wars Action Figures, Transformers, and Twister.
Just sharing your story about playing with one of the 12 toy finalists gives you the chance to win an Amazon.com gift certificate. It’s so easy that anyone can do it! Video stories (two minutes or less), audio stories, photos, and text are all eligible. You might reminisce about a playful experience from your childhood or interview friends about how they play. You can include additional images, videos, props, or other original materials—wherever your creativity leads you. Plus you can vote for your favorite stories, comment on entries, and share links on Facebook and Twitter. But don’t delay. Entries need to be uploaded no later than midnight, October 14, 2011.
We’ll announce the contest results on October 21, so keep your fingers crossed to see if your story is a prizewinner. And be sure to stay tuned to learn whether your favorite toy or game has joined the pantheon of classics when the 2011 National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on Thursday, November 10.