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ThinkFun & Learning: A S'Match Made in Heaven!

The following post is shared by Tracy E., a homeschooling mother of 4 and former classroom teacher. For years Tracy has used ThinkFun games both in the classroom and with her own children, and here she shares her favorites – and the benefits she’s observed!

 

I discovered ThinkFun games years ago when I first became a classroom teacher. [...]

ASTRA Attendees - Come Play with the Inventor!

ThinkFun will be attending the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) Marketplace and Academy this week in Baltimore, MD!

This event, which runs from June 10-13, is intended for Retailers and Sales Representatives in the Specialty Toy Industry – if this is you, we can’t wait to see (and play with!) you at our Booth (#735)!

Play with [...]

Solitaire Chess keeps retirees sharp... and inspires friendly competition!

There’s nothing better than receiving notes and emails from happy customers – whether they come in the mail addressed in crayon or via Twitter, we love hearing directly from the people whose lives our games touch.  I had to share this lovely exchange with a couple in Montana who wrote to share their experience with [...]

The Perspective from a Plastic Ice Cream Truck

The following guest post is shared by Jennifer Cook O’Toole, Author of Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012).  I met Jennifer a few months ago when she reached out to ThinkFun to share her experiences with our game and her interest in [...]

Big Thinkers Need Big Games… Giant Swish is a Hit at TEDActive!

I’ve just returned from an incredible week at the TEDActive Conference in Palm Springs, CA… an idea-packed week that I spent learning, listening, exploring, and of course – playing!  This year’s talks were as mind blowing as ever, and I’ll look forward to sharing my favorites as they are posted.  In the meantime, I’m super [...]

15 Puzzle Aids in Stroke Recovery

An incredible email we recently received from a stroke survivor – We are thrilled to hear our game is helping in his recovery and has earned a place in his family’s Earthquake Kit!

Dear ThinkFun,

Thank you for inventing the “Fifteen Puzzle” game.

As a 5-yr stroke survivor I find this, aided by other physiotherapy, continues to help.  It [...]

Using Games to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

An incredible letter recently made its way to my desk.  A woman in Alaska wrote to share a remarkable story, one that reaffirms the brain building (and in some ways even life-saving!) power of play and reminds us that the games we create can do powerful things.

Her letter gave me chills!This isn’t the first we’ve [...]

Toys Are Tools: Exercise & Improve Memory with Cartoon It!

The following post is by Jenn Choi, whose incredible Toys are Tools blog sorts toys and games by the skills they support, providing invaluable insight and tips on ways to use fun products to draw out meaningful learning!  Jenn recently shared a fantastic evaluation of ThinkFun’s Cartoon It!, focusing on ways game play supports working [...]

Snack Attack Serves up Fun and Learning as a Speech/Language Tool!

I am thrilled to share another guest post by Kelly Rholes.  Kelly is a fabulous Speech Therapist who integrates game play into her practice to engage young players and make learning fun and meaningful!  In a previous post she described ways to use Zingo! to support her clients, and here she dives [...]

The teachers-turned-inventors behind ThinkFun's newest game!

When describing my work at ThinkFun, I’m often asked where the ideas for our great games originate.

ThinkFun is incredibly fortunate to have expert puzzler Tanya Thompson as the Head of Inventor Relations!  Tanya travels the world meeting with inventors, gathering prototypes, and determining which games are the best fits for the ThinkFun family.

Through our connections [...]