NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 – Toy Fair Booth 2251 -- For years, educators have embraced ThinkFun, using games to build problem solving and creative reasoning and to spark a passion for math, language and learning overall. It is with great enthusiasm that ThinkFun announces the introduction of five products designed for classroom learning: Zingo! Sight Words, Spanish-English Zingo!, MathDice Powers, MathDice Tournament Kit, and ShapeOmetry.
Mary Cay Ricci, Instructional Specialist for Accelerated and Enriched Instruction in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, is particularly excited about ThinkFun’s new classroom collection. Ricci is conducting a two-year study with ThinkFun games to measure the impact of a game-based curriculum on cognitive abilities, with first-year results showing significant gains in students’ quantitative scores. "ThinkFun's new math games are in sync with Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice – perfect for the classroom," she says.
Available at ThinkFun.com and stores nationwide, new games include:
Zingo! Sight Words (Pre-K – 1st grade, 2 or more players, MSRP $19.99)
Mastering sight words, the most frequently used English words, is key to becoming a successful, fluent reader. While playing the popular game Zingo!, students learn words selected by leading educators as the most fundamental for reading development.
Spanish-English Zingo! (Pre-K – 1st grade, 2 or more players, MSRP $19.99)
Students learn Spanish the Zingo! way, using cards and tiles with images – English words on one side, Spanish on the other.
MathDice® Powers Practice Edition (Ages 10 to adult, 2-3 players, MSRP $7.99)
A new design of MathDice, the widely acclaimed “Fast, Fun Game of Mental Math,” MathDice Powers includes dice designed to encourage the use of exponents and build advanced mental math skills. Complex equations come alive through the fun of MathDice Powers!
MathDice Tournament Kit (5th – 8th grades, 12 - 18 players, MSRP $24.99)
This fast, fun game of mental math is now available in tournament size to accommodate 12 to 18 students. The classroom Kit includes bonus math-based games and training sheets to support math skills practice and tournament play.
ShapeOmetry (2nd – 8th grades, single player, MSRP $19.99)
Students develop spatial, abstract, and quantitative reasoning skills through challenges that require stacking different colored pieces to create equal shapes. Through hands-on play, students build mathematical understandings, such as part-to-whole relationships.
ThinkFun is the world's leader in addictively fun games that challenge your mind and inspire creative thinking. Nearly 30 years ago, ThinkFun was founded with a dream to change the world through play. It continues to expand on that dream every day with games, mobile apps and global education programs. To learn more about ThinkFun, go to www.thinkfun.com.