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April 08, 2017
Sophie Miller

A Brief History of Math

STEM

It’s Mathematics Awareness Month, and here at ThinkFun we’re always thinking about math and the importance of learning. While sometimes math can seem boring or abstract, it plays a key role in so many of the things that we do every day. And it took a long time to get to where we are in the mathematical world! Here are a few of the key milestones in math history.

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April 05, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: 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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April 03, 2017
Rachael Rufino

6 Fidget Toys for the Person Fidgeting as They Read This

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning Through Play, Brainteasers

They’re everywhere.  Fidget toys are trending, but why?  Studies have shown that these self-regulation tools help people of all ages reduce restlessness, stress and improve focus.  By directing antsy behaviors toward a device, a person is less likely to disrupt the classroom or workplace to relieve their anxiety.  Despite recent toy demands, fidgeting itself isn’t a new concept; common fidgeting behaviors include finger tapping, knuckle cracking, hair twirling and pencil chewing.  Those outlets for restlessness though may soon be a thing of the past.

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April 01, 2017
Kacey Templin

ThinkFun Names Ramsey Ritchie as Next Chief Executive "Paw-fficer"

Learning Through Play

In a move that has surprised the toy industry, Bill Ritchie has decided to step down in favor of his puppy protégé.

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March 29, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

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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March 27, 2017
Shannon Barry

Growing Up Gifted

Learning Through Play

I have always processed things differently than others around me. This has been, since childhood, a constant of all of my experiences. In school I was always focused on the creative: writing my own short stories about my stuffed animals and conceptualizing the emotional arc of my peers' short-lived relationships. Worksheets left me with too much room to fret and the tedium of the normal school day was the perfect invitation for my anxieties to manifest in full. I succeeded in my classes but never thrived, and was told by my teachers and friends alike that I took things too seriously. I was never able to understand how to make something matter less to me the way my friends seemed to be able to do with ease. Though I never had an issue cultivating and maintaining friendships, I spent the first few years of my schooling feeling undeniably isolated and misunderstood. 

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March 25, 2017
Kacey Templin

5 Important Figures in Music History

Music Makes You Smarter, STEAM

Music is everywhere. It’s piped through shopping malls, grocery stores, headphones, and car stereos. You can enjoy anything from classical to punk rock with over a hundred genres in between. Music has been part of the human experience since prehistoric ages, but over time, it has been shaped and molded into many different forms by extraordinary people. Today, we’re taking a look at five of those important figures in musical history.

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