Young Inventor’s Challenge Plays a Role in the 4 C’s of Education

  Today’s students should be learning more than just the basics–reading, writing, and arithmetic. Twenty-first century learning integrates the 4 Cs of education—Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication. As a teacher, one way I have found to teach these skills in my classroom is through toy and game design. What child doesn’t love to play…

Game Review: Ship of Treasures

Publisher: Pressman Players: 2 – 4 (best with 4) Ages: 8 and Up Genre: Light strategy Ship of Treasures is an incredibly well-produced game of piracy for kids ages 8 and up. In it, players take the role of pirates searching a pirate ship for treasure. Instead of using a traditional game board, Ship of…

Game Review: Riddle Cube

Do you remember Tangrams, where you made shapes out of other shapes? I used to love that game. My fifth grade science teacher always kept a set in her classroom, and my friends and I were constantly challenging each other. Riddle Cube is kind of like a 3-D version of that, taken to the next level. Instead of having…

Benefits of Toddler Play

ThinkFun posted an article in their Education Blog about the Benefits of Toddler Play, including a cool little chart showing their “Top 10 Benefits of Play, Toddler Edition.” Check it out at: http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/benefits-of-toddler-games-early-childhood-education