Jennifer Choi has a great article on Forbes listing her top ten toys to help turn this summer into one that’s both a ton of fun and a needed change for the kids.
The American Journal of Play has an interview with Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University about the importance of play.
Many mathematical and problem-solving skills go hand-in-hand with card playing. Arlene Harris talks to the experts about Snap, Gin Rummy and some other old favorites. Click here to read more!
Educational games may be the story of the day, but was it always this way? In this article, Lindsay Brennan Alukonis gives us a look at educational games in Colonial Williamsburg.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children spend at least 60 minutes a day in open-ended play. Looking for more details? TheGeniusOfPlay.org has put together a page summarizing some of the benefits. Check it out here!
The K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge gives students the opportunity to design and build their own math game, film a video of it, and submit it online for everyone to see. Click through for all the details and an entry form.
The New York Times has an article about how kindergartens are re-focusing to bring purposeful play back into the classroom, an approach that the kids get to play and the teachers get to teach. Check it out!
The Boston Globe has an article about Mary Flanagan and the Tiltfactor lab at Dartmouth. They use psychology and education research to create games for social impact. Interesting stuff!
by Bill Ritchie
With this article I want to share my perspective as a game manufacturer. I think we are on the verge of entering a golden age for games in education, and I’m excited to be a part of this as it emerges.
We’ve all heard the warnings about too much screen time for young children. But are these technologies necessarily bad at this age? Many modern parents shy away from all screen-based technology for their preschoolers in favor of more traditional tabletop games. However, used together, tabletop and computer games can complement a child’s education.