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Games Ignite Minds in the Classroom

Another great note from the ThinkFun mailbag – this one from a school that received a donation from our company and is using games to inspire and motivate!

Dear ThinkFun,

Thank you for donating your educational games to our classrooms!

Our students love your hands on and interactive games… Our teachers do, too!  Since receiving the games and incorporating them into our academic classes, we have seen a spark in student’s motivation to apply their logic, reading, spelling, and teamwork skills.  Working with children in an alternative school placement setting often presents teachers with the challenge of making the classroom a “fun” place to be.  Your games have ignited our student’s interest in learning and have allowed classroom teachers to use the games as a motivational activities.  We often hear students saying, “Once I am finished with my classwork, can I play a game of Rush Hour?”.

As any teacher can attest, seeing students excited about learning and actively engaged in their academics is a successful day in the classroom.  Thank you for generosity!

Caroline Walsh, Special Education Teacher
Granite Academy, Braintree, MA

Resource: Students benefit from teachers who build off their early childhood education degree and think outside the box to bring fun and engaging activities into the classroom.

Introducing PathWords… and a brush with Crossword Royalty!

ThinkFun PathWords logic puzzle gameWhile I can play Rush Hour and Solitaire Chess until the cows come home, at heart I am a huge word puzzle fan.  I get inappropriately upset when someone has filled out my airplane magazine crossword, and my ongoing Words With Friends duel with a coworker often gets quite heated!

That said, you can imagine how thrilled I was when ThinkFun came out with PathWords!  PathWords is a new single-player logic game, best described as the love child of Pentominoes and a Word Search!  To play, you must place colored polyominoes tiles onto a challenge mat printed with an array of letters.  Each tile must completely cover a word that can be read either forward or backwards.  Once you have solved the puzzle correctly, every tile will fit and every space will be covered.  This is a fantastic marriage of spatial challenge and word puzzle, and I am hooked.

See PathWords in action:

Through the magic of Twitter, I recently connected with Tyler Hinman, the 5-time American Crossword Puzzle Tournament Champion!  You may have seen his win as the youngest champion in tournament history which was chronicled in the 2006 documentary Wordplay.  As fate would have it, the inventor of PathWords (who, *fun fact,* also invented ThinkFun’s 36 Cube puzzle!) is also featured in this film and clearly knows a thing or two about creating a strategic word game!

Tyler Hinman taking on a crossword challenge

I was thrilled to learn Tyler was a ThinkFun fan and had recently discovered our Rush Hour and Solitaire Chess apps, and my inner word nerd did a backflip when he expressed an interest in checking out PathWords to share his expert opinion!  Tyler recently shared his evaluation of PathWords in a post on his That Puzzle Guy blog.  It was such a treat to read his thoughts and hear that he is hungry for more challenges – developing one that could give him a run for his money is a lofty goal!

Any other word game fans out there?  What is your game of choice?!