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Destination ImagiNation: Where Human Frogs, Duct Tape Princesses, & Creative Problem Solving Unite!

Holy Smokes!  I’ve just returned from an incredible week in Knoxville, TN at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals!  This massive celebration showcased creative problem solving at its finest, bringing together over 20,000 kids and adults from 1,276 teams – 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 13 countries!

The Opening Ceremony featured indoor fireworks - the kids' energy shook the arena! Click here to see a complete video of the light show!

The DI Global Finals brings together top teams from all over the world whose participants have made it through many rounds of competition to get here.  We met teams who had driven over 20 hours to get there, (and from their energy upon arrival we are guessing this was a very spirited ride!), and we met kids in the US for the very first time who had flown in from China, Korea, Guatemala, and Poland!

This Korean team pooled their brainpower to solve Chocolate Fix challenge #40!

Throughout the week, teams present their unique challenge (chosen from the 6 options provided at the start of the year) and also showcase their think-on-your-toes problem-solving skills in an Instant Challenge.  Hats off to the master scheduler who was able to slot in 2,552 unique performance times for all the participating teams, an amazing feat of problem solving if I’ve ever seen one!

An "Assembly Required" challenge in action

When teams weren’t presenting, there was LOADS of fun to be had all over the University of Tennessee Campus, with activities that included outdoor concerts, family camps, a Duct Tape Costume Ball (yes, you read that right!), a Glo Ball (featuring enough neon body paint and glow sticks to light a stadium!), the Improv Fiesta, and so much more!

These ladies arrive to the duct tape ball in style!

Duct Tape Couture!

ThinkFun was thrilled to be featured in the EXPO Hall, where we set up a booth dedicated to PLAY!  Luckily, these kids are experts in the field, and we had a blast playing with thousands of kids from all over the world throughout the week.

A team from Arkansas shows of a 12-CARD SWISH!

Problem solving is sweeter with ice cream (9am, by the way!)

Love the hair! This kid had a special kinship with the red Hoppers frog!

We set up dozens of hands-on games, presented giant brainteasers, challenged teams to step into human-sized versions of classic ThinkFun games, and featured team versions of classics like Rush Hour.  Want more?  Here’s a quick video of our booth in action!

Pooling brainpower to tackle tough giant matchstick puzzles!

Kids transformed into frogs to play Giant Hoppers!

A team collaborates to solve 4 Rush Hour games at once!

ThinkFun was thrilled to partner with Destination ImagiNation to support this year’s Global Finals, and we are very excited to continue working with this incredible network of innovative kids all over the world!  One thing’s for sure – I’ll never look at a roll of duct tape quite the same again!

4 rolls, endless wardrobe possibilities...


“More!” you say?! Here’s a great collection of photos from the week!

Greetings from the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals!

We are having a BLAST in Knoxville, TN at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals tournament!  We have spent the past 4 days playing with some of the most creative problem solvers we’ve ever seen – most under the age of 18!


I look forward to sharing more great footage and photos from this amazing event, in the meantime, this quick video gives a peek inside our booth to see the kiddos at play!



ThinkFun is Headed to Destination ImagiNation!

I am THRILLED to pack my bags for Knoxville, Tennessee next week for the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals!  ThinkFun recently signed on as sponsors of this incredible organization, and we can’t WAIT to kick off a year of fun together with this amazing event!  20,000 people from all over the world are expected to descend on the University of Tennessee campus for a week of innovation, creativity, and FUN… and ThinkFun will be right in the thick of the action!  If these photos from years past are any indication, we are in for a wildly fun time!

As a quick background, Destination ImagiNation is an extraordinary non-profit  that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving – it reaches 125,000+ students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries each year!  Student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments, and teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions. Next week’s Global Finals is an incredible celebration of the top teams from all over the globe – and we can’t wait to see this international brain power in action!


These kids are seriously creative, and we are so excited to bring some really out-of-the box new challenges and games to put their think-on-your-feet problem solving skills to the test!  We’ll be showcasing some fantastic ThinkFun games, but most exciting are the activities we have planned!  Over the course of the week we’ll be inviting kids to compete in creative challenges using some of our best games!  Participants will create their own puzzles and even play GIANT human versions of some of our favorite logic games!


Here’s a sneak peek at some of the prep work going on in the ThinkFun offices as I type this post… can you guess which games we’re transforming into giant kids-as-pieces versions!?


In the Knoxville area?  This event is open to the public, and we would love to invite you to play with us at the DI Expo Hall! Check out the Global Finals website for more information.