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All games are systems: the rules (or constraints), components (game pieces), space (from a soccer field to a game board to a tablet screen), and goal (to win!) interconnect. A game’s interconnected system is driven by player actions; as players learn a game, they also learn its system. Scholar James Paul Gee wrote, “Games encourage players to think about relationships, not isolated events, facts, and skills. In a game like Rise of Nations, for instance, players need to think of how each action taken might impact their future actions and the actions of the other players playing against them as they each move their civilizations through the Ages.” Similar to the aforementioned civilization building game Rise of Nations, the city management series SimCity tasks players with balancing a complex urban system. Another systems thinking game is Plague, Inc., in which players release a pathogen into a map of the world. Playing it illustrates how actual infections spread around the globe.

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December 19, 2017
Rachael Tom

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 (see below) to last week's brainteasers! 

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December 14, 2017
Rachael Tom

ThinkFun Brain Games Holiday Gift Guide

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, Brainteasers

Being on winter break doesn’t have to mean you have to stop training your brain! To give you a boost this holiday season, we’re providing a list with a variety of brain games for all ages. These games are fun, challenging, and bring loved ones together. They won’t fit into a stocking, but they will certainly look pretty sitting underneath a tree! Keep your mind sharp this holiday season with some of our favorite brain games!

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December 12, 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 (see below) to last week's brainteasers! 

If you like logic games and fun online games in general, be sure to check out our Play Online section- our game Solitaire Chess is a lot of fun!  In the meantime, make learning fun with these great brainteasers!

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December 07, 2017
Jackie Edwards

Empowering Children Through Game Design

Creativity, Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEAM

Jackie Edwards started her career in software development, moving on to teach IT to young adults at a variety of colleges and schools. After taking a career sabatical to become a mother, she now writes full time, usually on her chosen specialist area of IT, software, and tech. 

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December 05, 2017
Rachael Tom

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 (see below) to last week's brainteasers! 

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November 30, 2017
Kathy Beyerle

It's Time to Toss the Dice!

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play

Monday, December 4th is National Dice day! There’s no better way to celebrate one of the oldest forms of gaming than by breaking out a dice game to play with family or friends. Did you know that the earliest evidence of dice was found in Egyptian tombs from 2,000 B.C.? Here are some great recommendations for dice based games that can be added to your next game night!

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