Category Archives: Just for Fun!

Happy Holidays from ThinkFun!

It has been a very festive week here at ThinkFun, capped off by the annual White Elephant Holiday Gift Exchange!  While we ThinkFunners work in harmony for 364 days of the year, this annual gift swap is a day for stealing, scamming, and cheating – all in the festive holiday spirit!  Check out photos and a play-by-play of this highly entertaining event here!

We ended our festivities as a cohesive group once more, snuggled up in our spiffy new Thinkfun scarves!

From the ThinkFun family to yours – I wish you all a very happy holiday season!

Keeping UnHinged from coming unhinged!

Love a good brainteaser?  UnHinged is one you’ll have trouble putting down… literally.  When we first showed this new puzzle back at Toy Fair in February, I found myself chasing several reporters through the aisles when then puzzle grew legs and walked off with them!

There’s something about the rhythmic flip, fold, stack tactile feel of this game that just feels great in the hand.

A mechanical puzzle like UnHinged is all about ease of manipulation, and ThinkFun spends a lot of time making sure we get everything right, from weight, hinge placement, materials, and tolerances.  We conduct extensive quality control testing, and I thought it’d be fun to share some photos of this puzzle being put through the ringer!

 

 Haven’t experienced UnHinged yet? Here’s a great how-to-play video to see it in action!

Put the FUN in Fundraising!

Need an easy fundraiser for your school or organization this holiday season? ThinkFun to the rescue!

ThinkFundraisers feature 10 of ThinkFun’s best games for a range of ages, and running one couldn’t be easier!  Simply distribute order forms, collect, and submit a compiled order.  We ship the games, you distribute to happy families, and your group earns 40% of sales!

Want families to try before they buy?  The ThinkFundraiser Kit pictured here ($65) contains all 10 games to display with how-to-play tent cards.

For more program details and printable materials, visit
www.ThinkFun.com/ThinkFundraisers

Ready to start selling!?

Contact ThinkFun Customer Service at (703) 549-4999 or email support@thinkfun.com.  Include the name of your school/organization and use FUNDRAISER as the subject.  We’ll send the Master Order Form and help you order a Kit if you need one.

Note: ThinkFundraisers are currently only available in the US

Halloween… ThinkFun-style!

Happy Halloween!  As you can imagine, a fun day filled with candy and dress-up is right up our alley here at ThinkFun!  We’ve set the costume bar pretty high in year’s past, and this year’s celebration did not disappoint!

Check out some of the amazing ThinkFun-inspired costume creations in our office today…

It’s Roll & Play! Kirsten and Josh act out ThinkFun’s first toddler game!
Alicia proves once and for all that the Zingo! Zinger is truly irresistible to children!

 

 

 

Juan gets into character as the Yackety Smack "Hi-YAH!" karate chop!

 

Jodi is stunning as the S'Match Spinner!

Greg gets so in-character as Swish he’s nearly transparent!

Ashley's got the Izzi color palette just right!

Tania models a Rush Hour-inspired ensemble!

Bill and Andrea get cozy as ThinkFun bagged games!

I came as a ThinkFun Pinterest board!

 

2013 Games Sneak Preview! Nic shows off the awesome superpower of the new Word-A-Round game, while Katie came as Sunny from our upcoming Hello Sunshine toddler game! Watch for these and more great games early 2013!

Happy Halloween from ThinkFun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zingo by candlelight…

I hope you and your family are safe and sound in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We were very fortunate not to bear the worst of it in the DC area, and I’m thinking dry thoughts for friends in areas harder hit.

At our house, Sandy meant an epic foosball tournament.  In between rounds (or for me, losses),  I saw a wonderful trend emerging in my Twitter feed… seems when the lights go out, people get a lot more resourceful – and playful!

Some highlights:

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For one dad in NY, 20+ rounds of Zingo! just about did him in!

And finally, a silver lining to all that time spent playing… a dad reports a MAJOR victory!

  • @double21d: The streak is over!!! I finally beat my son at Zingo…

Our Facebook friends played their way through Hurricane Sandy too!

Do you play games when the lights go out? Which are your family’s favorites?!

GAMES on a plane!

This photo made my day!  Caryn, otherwise known as The Midlife Guru, has been testing some ThinkFun favorites as part of a new program we are exploring… and she sent me this photo and message over the weekend.

“Took [the games] with me on my trip to New York last week… Sure made the plane ride more bearable!”

Taking game play to new heights!

Ever since we came out with our 3 mobile apps, they have been my trusty travel companions on long flights… one memorable red eye home from CA I worked my way through the entire Medium level on Solitaire Chess!

 However, I MUCH prefer physical game play over mobile, so I love that Caryn felt it important to stash these games in her carry on for her in-flight entertainment and plan to follow suit on my upcoming travels.  I can only imagine how jealous her seatmate must have been :)

 

Do you bring games with you when you travel?  Which are your favorites?

Seeing double at ThinkFun!

Scientific studies show that married couples eventually begin to look more and more alike the longer they are together… our decidedly unscientific office research shows the same may be true for coworkers!

While we ThinkFunners pride ourselves on our creativity, today it became clear that great minds often do think alike… at least in the getting-dressed department!

From left to right… Nic, Charlotte, Ellen, Kirsten

 

UPDATE:

April 3, 2013: Office twin spotting!

Cristina and Charlotte

Cristina & I woke up with stripes on the brain!

They grow up so fast!

ThinkFun’s unofficial mascot came in for a visit yesterday…

Ramsey is right at home at ThinkFun HQ

 

Ramsey spent his puppyhood in ThinkFun offices (the carpets have since been replaced!), and we are so proud of the big, brainy dog he has become!

August 2010 - Ramsey the puppy has excellent taste in carrying cases!

Fun fact – Did you know Ramsey was recently immortalized in ThinkFun’s newest dog-themed Stenzzles game!?  This great new layering puzzle features several pups from the ThinkFun family… click here to meet them all!

Ramsey in Silhouette

Summer Learning Abounds at Auntie Camp!

I had such fun writing this Aunt Camp article for Savvy Auntie the other month and hoped it served to inspire other aunts to think about fun learning experiences they could create over the summer months.  I was thrilled when I received the following email and photos from Jennifer, a very savvy auntie who has been running Auntie Camps and Retreats for her lucky nieces for years!  Here she shares her story… where can I register!?

I wanted to respond to an article from Savvy Auntie that you posted a while back.  I was just delighted to see you promoting Aunt Camps (or as my nieces and I call it “Auntie Camp”.  I have been doing Auntie Camps and now Auntie retreats for the past 3 years and before that sporadically and we are all huge fans!


It started when I was living/teaching overseas and I was looking for a way to spend some quality time with my nieces when I was home during the summer.  So I sent my sister and her husband away for two nights and moved in to take care of my two nieces then about six and seven years old.  I did simple things but made a big deal about it. 

Going to the park, baking a cake, a simple craft and a simple science experiment (I am a high school science teacher so that one came naturally. ;) ) My nieces LOVED it.  Since then they’ve been begging to send their parents away every summer so we can have Auntie Camp.

I now live near Washington D.C. and they came to my place for a few days.  They are 10 and 12 now and it just keeps getting better.  I try to tailor activities to their interests or educate them about it so they are interested!  This past year we went to the Kennedy Center and the zoo, painted pottery, did cake decorating, saw free concerts on the Capitol steps, traveled the world through Thai food, and other exciting things.  The best part is my relationship with them is deepening and as they head into the teen years – I’m so thankful I can be a positive voice in their lives.

I realize it’s not possible for everyone, but even starting with an overnighter is a blast, minimal planning and tons of fun.   It’s also a HUGE blessing to my sister and her husband who are thankful for a break and at peace that their kids are well cared for and not homesick.

I’ve attached a couple of pictures from over the years and my niece’s edition of her biweekly newspaper that she writes. This one was about Auntie Camp.

Extra Extra, Read all about it! Auntie Camp featured in the Duvallville Herald!

I have tons of ideas including easy science experiments, craft ideas, even how to schedule things.  It does take some effort but it is definitely worth it.
~Jennifer F. aka Auntie Jenn