Dirt and Stick (sort of)
(I'm back!) Sorry for any access problems, I had a mix-up at my Squarespace account.
Here's a great blog post from Geek Dad about the best toys ever. When was the last time you took some time to play with one of these? And what would you add? My friend Cindy says, "Bandana." I do the subset of Dirt, Sand. Also Water. These are all great examples of what we call scratch materials in our parent's book on creative thinking (PS, its being re-edited, added to and released by a new publisher next summer.)
Happy Thanksgiving, even if I am late with the wishes.