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September 20, 2017
Rachael Tom

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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September 18, 2017
Matthew Bain

Visualizing Music Through Code

Music Makes You Smarter, Compose Music, Creativity, People of Compose Yourself, STEAM

Matthew received his BFA and MFA from The Ohio State University in music and 3D computer animation. His thesis work, entitled "Real Time Music Visualization: A Study in the Visual Extension of Music", is the foundation for his company, Live Music Visuals. Matthew's visualization work has been exhibited in numerous performances including the Drums Downtown concert series, PASIC, and SIGGRAPH. Matthew recently worked for Dreamworks Animation as a layout artist and contributed to movies like"Penguins of Madagascar," "Madagascar 3," and "Rise of the Guardians." He also plays the piano and composes music in his spare time. 

My name is Matthew Bain and I would call myself an artist who codes.  I started learning to code in college and it really wasn’t until graduate school that I started to understand how coding could influence and improve my artistic designs. The ability to create a “for loop” and iterate over hundreds of items at one time enables me to generate visuals that can respond to music in real time. This coding ability has also served me well in my previous job. I used to work for DreamWorks Animation as a Final Layout Artist.  Some of the movies I worked on included Megamind, Madagascar 3, and The Penguins of Madagascar.

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September 16, 2017
Rachael Tom

Lunch Ideas for Little Learners

Tired of packing sandwiches, running out of lunch ideas, or want to give your child a meal that won’t result in a food coma? These easy school lunch recipes are sure to please every palette and food restriction! From our Pinterest foodie board, we’ve compiled some of our most favorite meals for little ones. You may even find that some of these recipes are perfect to pack for your workday.

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September 13, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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September 12, 2017
Alana Hackes

Why Children Can't Bear to Get Rid of Their Teddy Bears

Learning Through Play

I didn’t get my first teddy bear until I was 18 years old. His name is Quincy and has been my sleeping companion every night since my 18th birthday. I slept with all kinds of stuffed animals growing up, but there was something about Quincy that just stuck. I never questioned the fact that I was sleeping with a stuffed animal as an adult and it turned out I wasn’t the only one. According to Brittany Loggins from TODAY, 16 percent of millennials sleep with something sentimental, even into adulthood. 2,000 Americans were surveyed by Best Mattress Brand and the findings suggested that almost 38 percent of adults slept with a sleep companion as a child which may be why adults continue to sleep with a sleep companion today. This could be due in part to the fact that sleep companions, teddy bears more specifically, have a positive developmental impact on children and can help reduce anxiety as well as strengthen their ability to express themselves.

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September 09, 2017
Kacey Templin

6 Recipes for Back to School Breakfasts

Creativity

It’s not officially fall just yet, but in the minds of millions of children, summer is definitely over. The back-to-school fever is in full swing, which means the return of those hectic mornings. It’s easy to forget breakfast while you run down the morning routine checklist, but it’s so crucial for kids to get the right nutrition in the morning. In a previous blog post, we discussed how children routinely perform better in school if they’ve had their morning meal. This Fall, ThinkFun wants to make sure that children start the day off right with a few simple recipes that are both nutritious and delicious! 

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September 06, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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