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A Peek Inside the ThinkFun Mailbag...

This letter I received yesterday made me smile!  A young Rush Hour fan lucked out when an enterprising brother decided to sell his copy of the game, and I love that he took the time to share his story!

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 [...]

Looking for a GNU Way to Play an Old Favorite?!

In a recent post on her family’s love of games, a mom of twins and former teacher shares the powerful ways games have integrated into her family’s lives.  From brain games that give mom and dad a mental workout when the kids go to bed to the apps that allow them to take their favorites [...]

Gamifying the World!

A recent post by IDEO explores how gamification, (applying elements of game play into routine tasks), can incentivize even the most mundane chores, making trash collection exciting and saving the planet a thrill!  Read through the inspiring examples below… how could you turn an everyday chore into a game!?

Gamifying the World: Bringing elements of play [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Language Games Build Speech Skills and Family Bonds!

The following post is by Laura Dodson, a mom to five wonderful boys.  Last year, Laura, her husband, and their 2 sons adopted three boys from Uganda, and she shares their remarkable journey in her blog! Here Laura describes how language games have been tremendous tools in helping her boys in speech therapy!

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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 [...]