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Rush Hour is ThinkFun’s most successful game to date, delighting families for over 20 years! Adults that grew up with the game proudly gift Rush Hour to their children, nieces, nephews, and grandparents alike.

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January 11, 2018
Melinda Contreras

4 STEM Activities for Winter

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

Winter is in full swing and many of us are experiencing frigid temperatures. If you're staying indoors to keep warm, these four Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities will keep your little ones entertained. In addition to keeping busy, they'll be learning too! How can marshmallows help you learn engineering and necklaces help you learn code? Read below to find out!

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December 21, 2017
Matthew Farber

Games, Hacking, and the 21st Century Skill of Systems Thinking

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play

All games are systems: the rules (or constraints), components (game pieces), space (from a soccer field to a game board to a tablet screen), and goal (to win!) interconnect. A game’s interconnected system is driven by player actions; as players learn a game, they also learn its system. Scholar James Paul Gee wrote, “Games encourage players to think about relationships, not isolated events, facts, and skills. In a game like Rise of Nations, for instance, players need to think of how each action taken might impact their future actions and the actions of the other players playing against them as they each move their civilizations through the Ages.” Similar to the aforementioned civilization building game Rise of Nations, the city management series SimCity tasks players with balancing a complex urban system. Another systems thinking game is Plague, Inc., in which players release a pathogen into a map of the world. Playing it illustrates how actual infections spread around the globe.

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December 14, 2017
Rachael Tom

ThinkFun Brain Games Holiday Gift Guide

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

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 30, 2017
Kathy Beyerle

It's Time to Toss the Dice!

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play

Monday, December 4th is National Dice day! There’s no better way to celebrate one of the oldest forms of gaming than by breaking out a dice game to play with family or friends. Did you know that the earliest evidence of dice was found in Egyptian tombs from 2,000 B.C.? Here are some great recommendations for dice based games that can be added to your next game night!

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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

I have been playing games for as long as I can remember. Throughout my life, holiday get-togethers were not complete without a card game at the dining room table.

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