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TAGIE/ChiTAG!!

Remember how you felt waiting for Christmas when you were a kid?  The excitement and anticipation?  This is how I’ve felt for the past few months waiting for these Chicago Toy and Game Conferences!  They’re finally here.  Mary Couzin is the organizer.  I met Mary at the NY Toy Fair in February.  She has been a blessing to me [...]

California Dreamin!

Harry, Me and Claire

 

Harry Nelson

In 2006, I met Harry and Claire Nelson at my first International Puzzle Party in Boston.  I was thrilled to meet Harry as he’s a legend in the puzzle world.  His accomplishments are numerous in the areas of puzzles, mathematics, computers and chess.  Harry was also the editor of the Journal of Recreational Mathematics for [...]

Toyland for Sale!

Now you can purchase the movie Toyland!  I blogged about this movie in a past post.  I met Tim Walsh at an industry conference called ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailers Association).  He’s an inventor and I was thrilled to meet him.  He’s a really nice guy and I enjoyed playing games with him. 

Me and Tim [...]

Off to California!

Tomorrow morning bright and early I’m leaving for California.  Bill Ritchie, C.E.O of ThinkFun, Charlotte Fixler, Curriculum Specialist for ThinkFun and I are exhibiting at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in San Diego. 

Bill and I are both doing workshops.  My hands-on workshop will show over 100 teachers how to use ThinkFun games to teach problem solving.  [...]

Movie about Toy Inventions!

A new film called Toyland premiered this week at the Sarasota Film Festival.  I can’t wait to see it and hope that it will reach a theatre near me!  It’s all about the invention side of the toy industry and features great inventors of some really classic games – like Slinky, Operation, Twister, Lite Brite  and [...]

Inventors at G4G

I was pleased to connect with many inventors at G4G this year.  I have collected puzzles and played board games for as long as I can remember.  I also was an avid user of both in my classroom when I was a teacher.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to first meet Bill Ritchie.  And now it [...]

Meet the Puzzle Hunter!

Do you love mechanical puzzles?  Do you love games?  I do and I’m lucky enough to be making a living at the things I love.  For me, I feel like I have the best job in the world.  My name is Tanya Thompson and I work for a wonderful mind challenging game company called ThinkFun.  [...]