WASHINGTON -- The coolest toys don't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, some of the most basic household items have been known to inspire the most creative playtime for kids.
With that notion in mind, Wired.com put together a list of the five best toys of all time, and parents might be pleased to know most of them can be found in the basement or the backyard.
The toy that tops the list is almost too simple: A stick. Not only is the stick required for a game of stickball, but they lend themselves to endless creativity because of the shapes and sizes they come in, like digging and poking. Added to that, they're biodegradable, so a very green toy. And, they grow on trees.