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Reflections on: ThinkFun and Robot Turtles in the Media

I’m extremely excited to share that we’ve been popping up a lot in the media lately, so things have been kind of hectic—but in the best way possible. So without seeming overly self involved (*ahem*), I would like to share a few of the more interesting news items here, and then add some supplemental info [...]

Greeting and Salutations

Andrea and I back in the day wishing BinaryArts (ThinkFun’s original name) good luck at its launch.

Hello World! This is my debut post on the SmartPlay.com blog, so I figured I’d take a moment to introduce myself, share a little bit about what inspires me, and set some intentions about what you can expect [...]

The Gift of Coding

Robot Turtles in action

Since ThinkFun announced the launch of Robot Turtles – the board game that teaches coding to preschoolers – some fantastic conversations have emerged about the importance of coding literacy for the very youngest learners. The theme that’s tied these discussions together has, interestingly, been less about the hard skills of coding, and more about the [...]

Robot Turtles are on the way!

I am SO excited to share that the much-anticipated Robot Turtles games are on their way… we’re counting down the weeks until they arrive!  The best-selling board game in Kickstarter history, Robot Turtles is designed to teach coding skills to preschoolers.  Check it out!

Haven’t ordered your copy yet?  Get on it!  All pre-orders receive a *free [...]

Scenes from Toy Fair 2014

ThinkFun braved the elements and headed to New York for Toy Fair! Once again, the team was undeterred by an ill-timed snowstorm (the weather gods must not like toys!?), we had a blast sharing our new 2014 games with retailers and media for 4 fun-filled days!

Toy Fair started with the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards [...]

Meet the Zingo inventors!

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The newest additions to the Zingo! family have arrived: Zingo Word Builder and Zingo! Time-Telling… and the inventors of the original Zingo! game give them a thumbs-up from their home in Israel!

Theo and Ora Coster created the original Zingo! Zinger… did you know they’re also the inventors of the classic game Guess Who?

Turtle Power!

The turtles are coming… Robot Turtles to be exact! I’m beyond thrilled to share ThinkFun’s latest game designed to teach coding literacy and early programming skills to preschoolers.

The daughter of a programmer, I grew up sitting on dad’s lap playing Logo, so it’s no surprise this game hits particularly close to my heart (See [...]

Rush Hour revs up thinking skills in Indonesia!

We love seeing our games inspiring thinkers all over the globe… these photos from our distributor in Indonesia show Rush Hour in schools, stores, and in the hands of teachers!

 

Check out this Rush Hour competition! Pretty sweet trophies huh!?

 

 

 

Vote ThinkFun for Toy of the Year!

Exciting news here at ThinkFun!  The 2014 Toy of the Year (TOTY) finalists were just announced – and we have THREE nominees! We are over the moon about these nominations… and we need your help! 

TOTY awards are determined in large part by online voting – can you spare 3 clicks?!

 

The 3 Nominees (with links to vote) are:

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ThinkFun's CEO Champions a BigLeap Challenge for Games to Make Kids Smarter!

From Marketwired – Aug 20, 2013:

BigLeap Launches First Crowd-Funding Challenge Platform for Social Good: First Challenge Aims to Give Children Everywhere Access to Free Games That Can Actually Make Them Smarter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - BigLeap, the world’s first crowd-funding prize and reward network that allows passionate advocates to drive social change via competition-based challenges, today [...]