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I didn’t get my first teddy bear until I was 18 years old. His name is Quincy and has been my sleeping companion every night since my 18th birthday. I slept with all kinds of stuffed animals growing up, but there was something about Quincy that just stuck. I never questioned the fact that I was sleeping with a stuffed animal as an adult and it turned out I wasn’t the only one. According to Brittany Loggins from TODAY, 16 percent of millennials sleep with something sentimental, even into adulthood. 2,000 Americans were surveyed by Best Mattress Brand and the findings suggested that almost 38 percent of adults slept with a sleep companion as a child which may be why adults continue to sleep with a sleep companion today. This could be due in part to the fact that sleep companions, teddy bears more specifically, have a positive developmental impact on children and can help reduce anxiety as well as strengthen their ability to express themselves.

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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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August 05, 2017
Kathy Beyerle

Bring Back Road Trips: 5 Travel-Friendly Games

Learning Through Play

Summer is the season to hit the road with the family in tow. Road trips are a great way to bond together and visit grandparents in a different state, or to drive cross country to sight see. Traveling to new places is a great family experience, but sometimes staying occupied in a long car ride can be painful. Here are 5 games to keep kids and families unplugged and entertained for a happy road trip!

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July 29, 2017
Sophie Miller

Best Two-Player Games for Friendship Day

Learning Through Play

Tomorrow is the United Nation’s International Friendship Day, and while it’s not a widely known holiday, at ThinkFun, friendship is of the utmost importance to us. Friends are the family that you choose, supporting you when you’re feeling down and celebrating with you when things are going your way. One of the best feelings is hanging out with a group of friends who get you and love you. But, while you can never have too many friends, sometimes it’s fun to spend some one-on-one time with your close pals. Find some of our favorite picks for games for just you and your best bud below.

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July 24, 2017
Rachael Rufino

5 Super-Cool Offline Coding Activities

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Learning to code without a computer may seem illogical, but it makes perfect sense.  Unplugging the computer and teaching coding through more familiar mediums such as hands-on activities, can make the subject less intimidating and more interactive.

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June 05, 2017
Alana Hackes

The Benefits of Games in the Workplace

Learning Through Play

Working at a company named ThinkFun is exactly as one would imagine—we love playing games! This isn’t to say that all we do is play games all day but playing games is a huge part of our culture at work. We play games for research, we play games to test out challenges for our games that haven’t come out yet, and during lunch, we love playing games for fun. Toy companies aren’t the only companies that integrate games into the workplace. Companies are making a shift towards including games in the workplace as well as gamification, “the use of game, loyalty and economic concepts to engage consumers and employees,” and finding that there are many benefits that come with it.

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May 20, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Guide Your Child to Have a Fulfilling Career

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, Girls & STEM, STEAM

Children have ever-expanding aspirations and as an adult, it can be challenging to be the voice of encouragement, reason and guidance for them.  Their dream jobs now will likely change as they gain experience and it’s up to their guardians to help provide the resources and insight to formulate and revise decisions.

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