Newsletter: A Summer of Games

Summer is here. Time to play!

With summer here, it’s time to get down to some serious fun. This month’s issue features three reviews of products that are both fun and educational, as well as a look at play in Colonial Williamsburg. We hope you enjoy it!

Feature Articles

Educational Games: a Historical Perspective
by Lindsay Brennan Alukonis

Lindsay has a Masters in Museum Studies, and worked in Colonial Williamsburg. She joins us this month with a look at how Colonial Americans used play to educate their kids.

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Review: MakerStudio

MakerStudio, by ThinkFun, is the most surprising building kit to come around in a while. Take a look at our playtest to find out why.
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Game Review: Choice Words

Choice Words, by MindWare, is a straight out party game, the kind of game that gives you no reason to even think about education, but is it educational? Does it have a place at Family Game night? The answer is yes, yes it does.
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Game Review: FlagMath

A game that combines math building skills with learning about flags? How could that possibly be fun? We put it to the test with a group of 10-12 year-old boys, and discovered a game that’s ,more than just educational. It’s also a lot of fun. Take a look at our review to see if this one is the perfect addition to your summertime play.
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Around the Web

The Benefits of Play

Articles all around the web are showing that educators are becoming more and more aware of the power of play in education. Here are some articles that we think you might enjoy:


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The Games for Educators site is in the middle of a major overhaul. Some features (like the GameFinder) are still being worked on. Please stay with us while we improve the site for you!


Have an Idea for a Story?

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We’re always on the lookout for good stories, whether they’re game reviews, or ways teachers or parents can use games, or even discussions of the educational benefits of games.

If there’s something specific you’d like us to write about, let us know! This newsletter is all for you, after all. Why not let us know what you are interested in?


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