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Celebrating Math Day the ThinkFun Way!

This month, the mathematicians at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, VA celebrated their love of math with their annual school-wide Math Day event!

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Check out the math-inspired fashion!

The math program at McKinley is supported by incredible teachers and an administration committed to making math fun and meaningful, and we are proud to be part of this local event by providing games for students K-5!

While last year’s event took place in the school’s cafeteria, with all grade levels joining together to play, this year’s Math Day took place in individual classrooms, meaning easier transitions, more focused game play, and less chaos all around.  Students were able to spend more time playing, and teachers were better able to provide support, answer questions, and join in on the fun of game play themselves, a win-win!  It was particularly gratifying to see these players having a blast with ThinkFun’s newest games, including Tilt, Solitaire Chess, and MathDice Jr!

Several members of ThinkFun’s incredible Product Development Team also joined in on the fun and spent the afternoon testing prototypes of brand new game ideas we are exploring for 2012!

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Prototype testing in action!

It is incredibly empowering for students to understand the critical role their feedback plays in the development of a game, and luckily these young game lovers were eager to tell us what they thought!  While some suggestions (i.e. a “blood, guts, and boogers” theme) may not make the final cut, the insight we learned from testing with these students was invaluable and much-appreciated!

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!