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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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November 23, 2017
Melinda Contreras

5 Games for Head-to-Head Fun

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

At ThinkFun, we love games that allow players to exercise strategic planning, spatial reasoning, creative thinking, and problem solving while developing patience, persistence, and determination. We also love simple, speedy games that make for exciting head-to-head match ups! From tile snatching to gelato mixing, these five games make for some fun, friendly, fast-paced, competition. 

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November 16, 2017
Sheldon Soper

Using Card Games to Teach Basic Math Skills

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

Sheldon Soper is a ten year veteran of the teaching profession and currently serves as a junior high school teacher in southern New Jersey and as a writer for The Knowledge Roundtable, a free tutoring marketplace. His primary focus is building reading, writing, and research skills in his students. He holds two degrees from Rutgers University: a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. He holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Elementary Education. Thomas has also worked as a tutor for grades ranging from second through high school in a wide variety of subjects including reading, writing, calculus, chemistry, algebra, and test prep. His core educational beliefs stem from the notion that all students can be successful; it is the role of educators to help facilitate growth by differentiating and scaffolding student learning on a personal level.

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November 09, 2017
Rachael Tom

Games for Gobble Gobble Day

Learning at Home, Brainteasers, STEAM

The star of Thanksgiving is always the food, but what about the entertainment? Keep all of your beloved guests preoccupied by introducing them to some of our favorite games this coming holiday. You can leave the TV on with the Thanksgiving parade playing in the background, as these fun distractions draw everyone’s attention to interacting with each other!

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October 07, 2017
Rachael Tom

Early Literacy: Our Favorite Childhood Books

Learning at Home

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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