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Happy National Week of Making everyone!  From June 16th-22nd, individuals throughout the U.S. are encouraged to celebrate innovation, ingenuity and creativity through the power of making!  Our favorite craft projects require an item that you already have at home, so don’t throw those tubes away.  To embrace the spirit of the week, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to repurpose toilet paper tubes, straight from our crafty Pinterest board.

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June 03, 2017
Rachael Rufino

6 Summer Snacks for Every Chef Level

Creativity, Learning at Home

As the weather warms up, it’s time to start thinking about what snacks to stock up on for all your outdoor activities and travels!  Most of these easy do-it-yourself snacks contain inexpensive ingredients that are sitting in the pantry at home.  Straight from our Pinterest foodie board, these snacks are also easy to adjust for picky eaters and those with food allergens.  Whether you’re a cooking novice, kitchen master, or will be having little ones help you, these recipes are sure to please.  So chefs, to your stations!

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May 02, 2017
Kacey Templin

6 Cooperative Games for Family Game Night

Creativity, Learning Through Play

Cooperative games are games where you work as a team to beat the game itself. This means there are no winners and losers, which is great for kids who are not competitive, or maybe a little too competitive. Get ready for tons of teamwork as we check out 6 of the top cooperative board games for families!

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April 24, 2017
Kacey Templin

6 Simple Outdoor Games for Great Weather

Creativity, Learning Through Play

It’s springtime! Temperatures are lowering to comfortable levels and people are emerging from their cold weather hibernation. Now is the perfect time to spend some quality family time outside. Today, we’re looking at 6 outdoor games that are both highly entertaining and easy to assemble!

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April 17, 2017
Kacey Templin

9 Lesser-Known Games for Family Game Night

Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play

It's family game night again, but you've already played Life and Monopoly more times than you can count. You want to switch it up, but you're not sure which games your family will enjoy. Well never fear, ThinkFun has you covered! These lesser-known choices are both educational and are sure to be a hit the next time around. 

 

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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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March 20, 2017
Saleel Menon

The Truth About Fine Arts Programs: Benefits Beyond Academics

Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEAM

Want to score better on your SAT’s or standardized tests? – Join fine arts! This is an argument widely used by fine arts teachers to recruit for their programs, or sell their craft to young students and parents. Research studies by the hundreds substantiate claims that fine arts – particularly music education – help develop skills needed to think critically, problem solve, and analyze data which all lead to an on average elevated standardized testing experience. While some can view this as an amazing advocacy of music education, I think it perpetuates an ideology that is fundamentally wrong with the way we approach the arts, specifically in education. These statistics serve to quantify the importance of arts in an objective way, which is important in its own right, but art is subjective and has unique importance aside from its auxiliary interdisciplinary benefits.

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