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I really enjoyed this surprising and clever post by Jonathan Liu on the GeekDad blog. When I saw the headline I immediately started thinking of all the plastic toys in my house, and then saw #1: a stick.

This versatile toy is a real classic — chances are your great-great-grandparents played with one, and your kids have probably discovered it for themselves as well. It’s a required ingredient for Stickball, of course, but it’s so much more. Stick works really well as a poker, digger and reach-extender. It can also be combined with many other toys (both from this list and otherwise) to perform even more functions.

It’s really quite refreshing to think about the simple, non-commercial toys that are all around us, and Jonathan’s writeup is funny and engaging. Check it out!

Photo by Flickr user chefranden, Community Commons

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal



  1. l00k says:

    whats brown and sticky……….

  2. Anonymous says:

    i’m returning the xbox and just getting my kids sticks

  3. Anonymous says:

    what rolls down stairs alone or in pairs?….

  4. Sam poop says:

    I remember a post somewhere about some African children that made a toy car on a long stick that they pushed around. I remember thinking I really wanted one. Sad irony is I am living in a first world country and I am envious of a toy made out of discarded junk by African children.

  5. Anonymous says:

    what has 360,000 views   and a millions sold? Google Kid’s favorite plant

  6. Anonymous says:

    There’s nothing like a good stick…