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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 02, 2017
Melinda Contreras

How to be a Game Inventor

Insider, Compose Music, Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning Through Play

Unsurprisingly, a frequently asked question at ThinkFun is “How do you find your games?” Or, “Who comes up with your games?” We love these questions because we are hopeful someone will soon be inspired to create their own game!

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September 30, 2017
Alana Hackes

Top 7 Strategy Games for Little Learners

Learning Through Play, STEM

There are several benefits to playing games with kids but it's important that kids play games that are appropriate for their age range. This means the best games are the ones that kids will be able to internalize the rules and be able to follow them while still having fun. According to Scholastic, encouraging kids to play games and follow the rules can help children "become more self-confident and ambitious and to enjoy playing with others." The challenge then becomes finding age-appropriate games that can be fun for kids but also fun for the whole family. We've developed our list of the top 7 strategy games that the little learners in your life will love, as well as players of other age ranges!  

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September 12, 2017
Alana Hackes

Why Children Can't Bear to Get Rid of Their Teddy Bears

Learning Through Play

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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