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It's Valentine's Day... with a Zing!

Zingo valentine

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Valentine’s Day… ThinkFun-style!

Toy Fair or Bust!

With a verrrrrry ominous weather forecast looming, We at ThinkFun prepare to set out for Toy Fair in New York this weekend!  Several members of our team beat the storm and are setting up the booth today and tomorrow, while the rest of us hold our breath and hope that flights and trains make it [...]

Bring a MathDice Tournament to your classroom!

For the past several years, I have shared the fun of the annual Arlington County MathDice Tournament.  This county-wide event brings together students who have been practicing and playing Thinkfun’s MathDice game for months in preparation, and the skill level, determination, and often off-the-wall wacky team spirit is always inspiring!

For a refresher, check out last [...]

ThinkFun games align with Common Core Standards

For those in the education world, the new Common Core standards  represent an important initiative in the pursuit of clarifying and improving the quality of education in the US.  Read more about Common Core standards here.

Coming from an education background, I have always been committed to furthering ways in which ThinkFun games can integrate into and [...]

Happy Holidays from ThinkFun!

It has been a very festive week here at ThinkFun, capped off by the annual White Elephant Holiday Gift Exchange!  While we ThinkFunners work in harmony for 364 days of the year, this annual gift swap is a day for stealing, scamming, and cheating – all in the festive holiday spirit!  Check out photos [...]

Solitaire Chess: Brainiac Edition

This email absolutely made my day!  Shad, a retiree from Montana who shared in this post how she and her husband play (and fiercely compete in) Solitaire Chess, wrote to let me know the game has now spread to her son and daughter in-law!   The mental image of this brainy family at play made [...]

ThinkFun Celebrates FOUR Toy of the Year Nominations - Vote Now!

Yesterday was a VERY exciting day for ThinkFun!  I flew up to NY for the Toy Industry Association press conference to announce the nominees for the 2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.

After being treated to a performance on the Bryant Park skating rink (by a professional, me on ice would not be a treat!), [...]

More Flashcards Please! (said no one ever!)

As any teacher or parent of an emerging reader will tell you, there are certain key words that children must learn in order to become fluent readers.  These words, called Sight Words, are words like “of” and “the” that appear frequently and are often not spelled phonetically.  Children must learn to recognize and read these [...]

Help ThinkFun bring smiles to Hurricane Sandy victims

UPDATE:  Thanks to a fantastic fan response, ThinkFun is thrilled to report a record 308 games were ordered in the 48 hours this promotion ran.  We are so pleased to send out 308 brand new games to the Toy Bank to help bring much-needed joy to families still suffering in New York and New Jersey.

 

In [...]

Keeping UnHinged from coming unhinged!

Love a good brainteaser?  UnHinged is one you’ll have trouble putting down… literally.  When we first showed this new puzzle back at Toy Fair in February, I found myself chasing several reporters through the aisles when then puzzle grew legs and walked off with them!

There’s something about the rhythmic flip, fold, stack tactile feel of [...]