My son’s current favorite toy is called “Pole with Hook.” We got it in the bargain bin at Ikea for about 3 dollars. It is a clear plastic pole about 3 feet long with a grey hook on the end, and it came with a sticker with that description on it (“Pole with Hook, Grey,” but we drop the “Grey” part at home since it’s the only one). It is unclear what the original purpose of the pole was, though it has proved to have many uses. My son’s initial justification for getting it was that we could use it to poke bad monsters.
On a related note, here’s a poll without a hook. Help direct the craziness 🙂 (aka QAziness)