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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 [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Child an iPad Addict?!

Yesterday, New York Times technology columnist David Pogue shared this very funny, and very insightful post on the captivating hold his iPad has over his 6 year old son:

A Parent’s Struggle With a Child’s iPad Addiction

I think my 6-year-old is addicted to the iPad.

He asks for it constantly. He wants to use it in the [...]

5 Ways to Make Family Game Night More Fun!

Happy Friday!  What better way to kick off the weekend than with Family Game Night!? The following article is from the fabulous moms at Chocolate Cake Moments blog… Check out these 5 great ideas to make Family Game Night more fun!

Is your Family Game Night feeling a little stale? The kids aren’t that excited about [...]

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 [...]

Quick Tips: Successful Game Play for Children with Special Needs

The following post is by Ellen Metrick of the National Lekotek Center, the country’s central source on toys and play for children with special needs.

Games have a way to bring families together. There are games that cater to big groups, small gatherings, different ages and yes, different abilities. Children who have disabilities may [...]

Top 10 Tips for Buying Toys for Children with Special Needs

For many, this Thanksgiving week kicks off the holiday shopping season.  As you prepare your shopping list, it can be particularly challenging to select developmentally-appropriate toys and games for children with special needs.  Not to worry – the folks at the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children with [...]

Toys R Us Differently-Abled Kids Guide Features Several ThinkFun Favorites!

2010 Toy guide for Differently Abled Kids

Toys “R” Us, Inc. has released the 2010 edition of the Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, featuring actress Holly Robinson Peete, mother of a son with autism, and 6-year-old Tommy Austing on the cover. Released annually, the guide helps parents of [...]

A Little Zingo Teaches a BIG Life Lesson!

I absolutely LOVE this excerpt from Heather’s “Pumpkins, Cupcakes-, and a Little Zingo!” post on her blog Kaleidoscope.  Heidi’s incredible photography captures her family’s play experience beautifully, and shows her son learning an important life lesson through play!
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Once upon a time, a loving yet, apparently competitive family decided to play a game of Zingo!

they laughed, [...]