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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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May 13, 2017
Sophie Miller

Start Them Early, But Not Too Early

Learning Through Play

I used to work in a toy store, and I would hear it all the time. A parent or a grandparent would come in asking for a toy with a child of a certain age in mind – let’s say three. I would show them the toys that were aimed at a three-year-old kid, and time and time again I would hear the same thing: “My son is three, but he’s very bright.” Of which I had no doubt. There are loads of smart kids out there. But every kid isn’t a genius, and of the ones who are, very few are doing calculus at age eight. What I’m saying is, these people were wanting to buy toys that were too advanced for their kids.

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May 07, 2017
Kacey Templin

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Everyday Skills

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

This post is the fourth and final installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media. 

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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 29, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Safety

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

This post is the third installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media. 

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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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