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ThinkFun Games Strengthen Mental Muscles at Herndon Senior Center!

Emilio Esteban, Troop 913
Herndon, Virginia

There are seven ranks in scouting and the Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. A scout needs to fulfill over 350 requirements in his path to Eagle. Probably the most noteworthy of these is where the prospective Eagle needs to “plan, develop, and give [...]

Stop Summer Brain Drain!

School is out, and summer fun is on everyone’s brain!

While a vacation from projects and homework is welcome break, the lazy days of summer can do a lot of damage.  Did you know kids lose an average of 2 months of math skills over the summer!?  Low income students are at far greater [...]

Nina's Rush Hour Victory!

This video made my day!  A father teaching in Japan recently shared this fantastic video of his 5 year old daughter Nina working diligently through tough Rush Hour challenges.  Her flushed cheeks and “tired brain” at the end are signs of a real mind workout!

I sent Nina’s dad a message congratulating Nina on her impressive [...]

Need a Brain Snack? Try the Solitaire Chess App!

My name is Charlotte, and I am a Solitaire Chess addict.

I never touched a chess board growing up, and as an adult I felt I’d ever have a shot at learning the game. When ThinkFun first developed the Solitaire Chess game last year, I nervously waited to be found out as a non-chess player [...]

The Today Show Celebrates Smart Toys for Smarter Girls and Boys!

What a thrill to wake up this morning and see Stephanie Oppenheim on the Today Show in a segment featuring games that support learning through play! Even better? She shared two ThinkFun games that are very close to my heart – Zingo 1-2-3 and Rush Hour – both the physical game and the app!

The Case for Play

Came across a fantastic article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that I just had to share.  This piece details the challenges that educators, researchers, and parents face today as free play is squeezed out of kids’ academic lives, marginalized by test-driven curricula, and pushed aside in favor of over-scheduled “downtime” by well-meaning adults seeking [...]

Solitaire Chess Teaches Students to Look Before They Leap!

Teaching eager young learners to slooooow down and think carefully before racing to a conclusion is a tricky task!  Helping students apply the brakes and think their way through a problem is a whole lot easier when you can present a challenge that naturally forces them to do so…much more effective than nagging reminders to [...]

7 Questions to Stretch Your Child’s Thinking During Play

The following guest post is by Maria Rainier, a stay at home mom, freelance writer, and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education and performs research surrounding online degrees.

It’s no new fact that kids learn when at play, and as parents and teachers, we know that it’s best to [...]

Jump Start Creative Thinking with Brainteasers!

In many classrooms, the day begins with “Morning Work,” an assigned activity to kick start the day.  I don’t know about you, but “Morning Work” doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting way to dive into the day.  Think about tweaking your terminology and see the response you get when “work” time is transformed into a [...]

Enter the Halls of Learning

With this post I want to introduce  an incredible individual, Marvin Hall, whose Halls of Learning organization is dedicated to empowering young learners through education.  A former math teacher and lifelong lover of mind challenging puzzle play, Marvin has dedicated his life to creating innovating new learning opportunities for children in Jamaica.

Photography by Joanna [...]