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It's family game night again, but you've already played Life and Monopoly more times than you can count. You want to switch it up, but you're not sure which games your family will enjoy. Well never fear, ThinkFun has you covered! These lesser-known choices are both educational and are sure to be a hit the next time around. 

 

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April 15, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Money Management

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

This post is the first 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 10, 2017
Alana Hackes

Top 6 Math Games to Celebrate Mathematics Month!

Learning Through Play, STEM

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month! The goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics and what better way to do both than by strengthening your child’s math skills through play? In celebration of mathematics, here are the top six math games that will make math fun for you and your child!

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April 03, 2017
Rachael Rufino

6 Fidget Toys for the Person Fidgeting as They Read This

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning Through Play, Brainteasers

They’re everywhere.  Fidget toys are trending, but why?  Studies have shown that these self-regulation tools help people of all ages reduce restlessness, stress and improve focus.  By directing antsy behaviors toward a device, a person is less likely to disrupt the classroom or workplace to relieve their anxiety.  Despite recent toy demands, fidgeting itself isn’t a new concept; common fidgeting behaviors include finger tapping, knuckle cracking, hair twirling and pencil chewing.  Those outlets for restlessness though may soon be a thing of the past.

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April 01, 2017
Kacey Templin

ThinkFun Names Ramsey Ritchie as Next Chief Executive "Paw-fficer"

Learning Through Play

In a move that has surprised the toy industry, Bill Ritchie has decided to step down in favor of his puppy protégé.

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March 27, 2017
Shannon Barry

Growing Up Gifted

Learning Through Play

I have always processed things differently than others around me. This has been, since childhood, a constant of all of my experiences. In school I was always focused on the creative: writing my own short stories about my stuffed animals and conceptualizing the emotional arc of my peers' short-lived relationships. Worksheets left me with too much room to fret and the tedium of the normal school day was the perfect invitation for my anxieties to manifest in full. I succeeded in my classes but never thrived, and was told by my teachers and friends alike that I took things too seriously. I was never able to understand how to make something matter less to me the way my friends seemed to be able to do with ease. Though I never had an issue cultivating and maintaining friendships, I spent the first few years of my schooling feeling undeniably isolated and misunderstood. 

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March 18, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Special Needs: Our Top Resources for Every Parent and Teacher

Learning Through Play

Below are some of our favorite resources for teachers and parents who care for children with special needs.  With input from special education teachers and parents around the world, we have compiled a well-rounded list of inclusive teaching methods, support groups, exercise programs, safety strategies and original SpEd infographic.  Click here for our previous blog post on Twice Exceptional Toys.  With Autism Awareness month approaching, we hope highlighting these resources will help to promote inclusion, health and learning in all environments for the disability community.

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