Tag Archives: Zingo 1-2-3

ThinkFun Mind Games Sharpen Math Skills in Istanbul Schools

We recently received the following message from our Turkish distributor about a pilot program using ThinkFun games in classrooms – along with a fantastic newspaper article:

excerpt ThinkFun Mind Games Sharpen Math Skills in Istanbul Schools

We are very happy and would like to share good news proudly with you. Since the beginning of our partnership as we have always told you our vision is to present high quality and educational games that can be played enthusiastically by both children and adults everywhere in Turkey.

We believe that these useful fun games develop children academically and socially. In this way we hope to change the way people see the games in Turkey. Therefore, we have always focused on the good hands on presentations and informed people of the skills that these games improve. We have been holding workshops on how to use these games to improve children’s thinking and problem solving skills. After many years of effort we achieved to attract the attention of a lot of children, parents and teachers.

Now one of the enthusiastic teachers has set off a pilot Project on using mind improving games in classrooms and this is figured in press:) As a team we have put a lot of time and energy while building the base of this Project. Since it covers the grades from 1 to 8 we have graded and grouped the games to have a harmonious flow throughout the grades. This Project appeared on the cover page of the newspaper called “Dünya International Herald Tribune” on March 19th.  We are sure that this Project will be the engine of other similar Projects.

The ThinkFun games that are being used are: Block By Block, Chocolate Fix, Hoppers, Math Dice, Math Dice Jr, River Crossing, Rush Hour Deluxe, Rush Hour Junior, Shape By Shape, S’Match, Solitaire Chess, Swish, Tipover, and Zingo 1,2,3

Dunya News Istanbul ThinkFun Mind Games Sharpen Math Skills in Istanbul Schools

Must Love Dogs (And We Do!)

Last summer, ThinkFun received the following email from an inquisitive – and very perceptive – 4 1/2 year old fan:

Hello,

My name is Ariela. I am 4 1/2 years old. I was wondering why the dog on the Zingo box cover is sad? I would like the dog to be happy and winning the Zingo game. I think you don’t like dogs.

Sincerely, Ariela

Zingo 7700 BoxShot 235x300 Must Love Dogs (And We Do!)

No one likes to lose, and this pup seems to be taking it extra hard!

We were alarmed to think that our fans (both human and fur-covered) may find our illustration upsetting, because in truth no one loves playful pets as much as we do!

Stenz 4801 LoResSpill Stand 300x300 Must Love Dogs (And We Do!)

In fact, we just released our newest dog-themed Stenzzles brainteaser!  Last week, I introduced the canine models who inspired the game in this post and created a fun album featuring all different doggies with their favorite ThinkFun games!  Here are a few of the stars:

Cargo this one gives me a headache 300x225 Must Love Dogs (And We Do!)

Solitaire Chess gives Cargo a headache!

Louie Stenzzles 300x199 Must Love Dogs (And We Do!)

Aren't my legs longer than this?!

And finally, to clear up any lingering doubt, we hope Ariella and our other young fans check out the Zingo! 1-2-3 packaging, featuring the same game-loving pooch with a much happier expression!

Zingo123 7703 Boxshot 242x300 Must Love Dogs (And We Do!)

A tail-wagging good time!

I would love to see YOUR furry friends playing their favorite games (of the ThinkFun or tennis ball/stick variety!).  Please send your photos to info@thinkfun.com, and I’ll add to our collection!

Sneaking in the Good Stuff with Games that Teach!

The following guest post is shared by Kimberlee Jost, mom of 2 game-loving girls and a fantastic advocate for the power of playful learning! Kimberlee’s blog shares her family’s adventures as they navigate their way down The Driveway of Life!

When I was a little girl, I fondly remember playing games. Game time often occurred after dinner. There were card games with dad and grandpa. Word games were played with grandma. I became a game kind of girl. I loved the challenge of trying to beat them, but even more I enjoyed having their undivided attention during those games!

Jost Family Sneaking in the Good Stuff with Games that Teach!

 

At our house, game time tends to be earlier in the day. I have two daughters, Ella, age 7 and Talia, age 3. The first time we ever played Zingo 1-2-3 it was at 8:30 in the morning, Ella had already gone to school. I recognized that Talia needed a little one on one time—she was grumpy, demanding, and overall not well behaved.  This was a red flag to me that her love tank was a little low. Within five minutes of starting the game, her attitude changed. She became cheerful, thoughtful, and easy going. Her love tank was getting full!

Jost Zingo 300x199 Sneaking in the Good Stuff with Games that Teach!

Talia and her cousin Owen loved playing Zingo 1-2-3 together at Christmas. Learning to lose graciously is also an important life skill...we're still working on that.

The best part for this Mom is knowing that Talia was also learning. Before the end of the game, she could read the number five and understand its value. Now that’s sneaky! I had set out to spend time with her, but I had no idea I could sneak a little education in there as well. I live for that!

There are hours of Zingo 1-2-3 in our future. Talia and Ella both enjoy it, and I love knowing that we are being intentional with our time. We aren’t just playing a game, I am investing in them and they are begging for more!

Thank you, ThinkFun, for making a game that sneaks the good stuff in there. Now if only you could do something about getting my girls to eat their veggies at dinner!

The Today Show Celebrates Smart Toys for Smarter Girls and Boys!

What a thrill to wake up this morning and see Stephanie Oppenheim on the Today Show in a segment featuring games that support learning through play! Even better? She shared two ThinkFun games that are very close to my heart – Zingo 1-2-3 and Rush Hour – both the physical game and the app!

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

I worked closely with our Product Development team to fine tune the design and game play for Zingo! 1-2-3, so it was a very proud moment to see this game celebrated for the fun way it builds number sense skills and reinforces math facts!

Love to see healthy brain play being celebrated!