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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!








Games with Grandma – The Power of Intergenerational Play!

I’ve been a game lover my whole life – and there’s no question where I get it from!

As a very young child, visits with Grandma meant endless games of animal dominoes, then Chutes and Ladders, progressing to Rack-O, Boggle, and finally to her favorite – Scrabble!  Once I was Scrabble-ready, I moved into a new world of game play with Grandma.  For years, she and a group of friends had been holding weekly Scrabble club meetings – she always had a copy of the game in the trunk, and the ladies had banded together to purchase the official Scrabble Dictionary to serve as definitive dispute-settler at the table!

When I graduated to Scrabble, any chance of Grandma easing up and letting me win disappeared.  Playing with my Grandma elevated my play to a new level, teaching me to use strategy and words like “Qat” and “Xi” which I have yet to use in a sentence but still rely on to rack up the big points!

On a recent visit, I introduced Grandma to the wonders of my iPhone.  After running through the features for quite some time, she held it thoughtfully and asked, “So is this what they call a Google?”  Despite the tech-divide, when I pulled up Words With Friends and showed her two games that were awaiting my move, Grandma’s  Scrabble prowess kicked into high gear, and she immediately played two 50+ point words!

Go Grandma Go!

This Sunday is National Grandparent’s Day – first declared a holiday in 1978 by Jimmy Carter, this day encourages us all to reflect on the impact grandparents have on our lives — and on society.  It’s no stretch to see how my Grandma’s game-loving nature made me the thinker I am today.  In my work at ThinkFun, my Grandma continues to support the gamer in me, eagerly playing our new games and helping to test prototypes!

Mom and Grandma test a prototype game for ThinkFun!

And as my husband learned last winter, Grandma takes *all* games quite seriously, not just board games :)

Grandma takes no prisoners at shuffleboard!

Play is a powerful tool to bring families together, and the Toy Industry Association recently shared a wonderful feature on the benefits of intergenerational play with lots of great recommendations!  For more tips, check out their free downloadable guide, Play is Forever – A Playbook for All Ages.

Did you grow up playing games with your grandparents?  Which games were your favorites?!


Stop Summer Brain Drain!

School is out, and summer fun is on everyone’s brain!

While a vacation from projects and homework is welcome break, the lazy days of summer can do a lot of damage.  Did you know kids lose an average of 2 months of math skills over the summer!?  Low income students are at far greater risk, falling behind an average 2-3 months in reading skills.

But never fear – ThinkFun is here!

No child looks forward to a summer filled with workbooks and flashcards, so what better way to keep brains engaged than through play!?

Mind challenging puzzles are the perfect way to fight Summer Brain Drain, and through July 31st ThinkFun is offering 25% on all Brainteasers!

These Brainteasers are designed for travel and will keep parents and kids sharp through summer and beyond.  My favorite thing about these puzzles is that they are far from child’s play – Brainteasers are perfect for all ages!  Want proof?  Here I am high-fiving my 87 year old Grandma after we solved Izzi – one of my favorite Brainteasers!

ThinkFun Izzi Puzzle Brainteaser Game