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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]