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Happy Math Day!

This morning I had the pleasure of joining McKinley Elementary students in Arlington, VA for their annual Math Day!

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Playing Rush Hour makes everyone smile!

Math Day is a fabulous school-wide celebration of mathematical thinking, during which students literally wear their love of numbers on their sleeves (and often their faces!), decking themselves out in number-themed clothing and painting their favorite digits on their faces and arms!

And the icing on the cake… the day is spent playing mind-challenging ThinkFun games!

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Chocolate Fix was a hit! Students built logical deduction skills and worked up an appetite for lunch as they played!

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This Hoppers player has great taste in games... and sports teams :)

While older players enjoyed games like Rush Hour, Chocolate Fix, Hoppers, and many, many more, younger students had a blast playing games like Hoppers Jr, S’Match, and Ducks in a Row!

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Who can make a S'Match?!

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The S'Match Spinner can withstand even the most energetic whacks!

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Who will be first to get his Ducks in a Row?

Our designer Josh (that’s right, the tall one from Toy Fair!) brought a prototype of a new game we’re developing, and we had a great time testing with expert kindergarten critics!  It’s amazing how much you learn about game play when you get it into the hands of a child, and kids light up when they have the opportunity to be “official product testers,” such fun!

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Guess who came along for the ride?  Zingo to Go! Check out our Facebook Page to see more photos of the places this new game has traveled!

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Zingo! to Go celebrates Math Day with some new friends!

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Things got a little zany near the end...!

I always love the opportunity to get into schools and see our games in action — what a great Math Day this was!  Do you have a favorite math game?  Please share!

5 comments to Happy Math Day!

  • Kathy

    What a great way to celebrate! I must have missed the Hallmark Happy Math Day cards, but I’d much prefer this hands-on celebration.

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  • Christina Darden

    Our school is partnering with another school in Henrico County, VA to do an all day math day. I saw this post about helping out in a similar program at McKinley Elementary. Is something that your company offers to do with schools?

    Any information or suggestions for making our Math Day a success for students’ learning, let me know.

    Thanks,
    Christina

  • Hi Christina,

    Thanks so much for your message – ThinkFun unfortunately does not have the resources to staff school events or send out games for these. We have a long-standing relationship with the math specialist at McKinley Elementary and so we’ve agreed to provide loaner games for their annual event, but we only attend to observe, and the Math Day is entirely run by the school staff.

    I’d be more than happy to help you with ideas for the event you are planning – getting students excited about and playing with math is such an incredibly powerful thing, so I’d love to hear more about your plans and help with ideas if you’d like! Feel free to email me cfixler at thinkfun dot com :)

    Best,
    Charlotte

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