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To foster a love for reading in children, we often turn to our own favorite childhood storybooks. ThinkFun staff members were asked what their beloved stories were as children to help inspire you and your early readers. Research shows that early literacy creates a foundation that not only empowers children to understand the relationships between reading and writing, but also helps develop life skills. To learn more about early literacy development, check out our Milestone Series blog post. We hope some of our favorite childhood stories may become favorites in your home too! What was your favorite story as a child?

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September 30, 2017
Alana Hackes

Get Jiggy with Jigsaw Puzzles: The Benefits of Being a Puzzler

Learning at Home

Eating a bowl of cereal. Playing guitar. Going for a jog. Every move we make and activity we engage in requires us to use either the right side of our brain or the left side of our brain. The right-brain functions include creativity, intuition, music awareness, and 3-D forms while the left-brain functions include logic, language, science and math, along with reasoning skills. There are activities you can do to strengthen either side of your brain, but did you know that doing jigsaw puzzles can strengthen both at the same time? The time you spend putting together a jigsaw requires both sides of the brain which means there are lots of benefits to doing them. Not only that, but jigsaw puzzles can be tons of fun, both for the solo player or the collaborative player of all ages!

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September 04, 2017
Rachael Tom

Turn Off Your Device and Read These Tech Books!

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

 These fantastic technology-themed books will not only entertain your family, but teach lessons in using devices in moderation, safely. Our list of 11 books (sorry, we just couldn't cut it down to ten) includes tales to combate cyberbullying, real-life stories of female computer heros, and modern renditions of our favorite classic children's stories. We hope this list with a modern twist will encourage your family to power-down and learn a bit about computers! Your unplugged digital adventure awaits!

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September 02, 2017
Alana Hackes

Top 6 ThinkFun Games for Seniors

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Everyone who knows our games know that we create mind-challenging puzzles and brainteasers for all ages! While most people think of kids when they think of our games, there is also a wide selection of our games that are great for seniors. We’ve received several calls from customers asking what the best ThinkFun games for their grandparents or in-laws would be and that inspired this blog post. Here are 6 of our games that sharpen minds of all ages:

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June 24, 2017
Kacey Templin

Summer Learning Series Part 2: The Sun

Learning at Home, STEAM

Welcome back, Summer Series friends! This Wednesday was the first official day of summer for all of us in the northern hemisphere (even though it’s felt like summer for a while now), and that means beach vacations, barbeques and general outdoor festivities. Summer is also the time of year when the Sun comes out to play. This week, we’re focusing on all the fun experiments you can do while having fun in the Sun this Summer!

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June 10, 2017
Kacey Templin

Summer Learning Series Part 1: Harry Potter

Learning at Home

All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Summer may have just started, but wizarding school has just begun. This week our Summer Learning Series highlights a literary favorite – Harry Potter.

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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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