Laddering up with play

Which comes first, interest or expertise? Is a Scrabble player good at spelling because she plays Scrabble, or is she good at playing Scrabble because she’s good at spelling? The truth is it doesn’t matter. There’s crazy power in the relationship between interest and expertise, and it’s time we started taking advantage of it.


Businesses in Scandinavia are turning to board games to give themselves a competitive advantage. Click here to read more!


The secret to peace in the cafeteria?

According to Global Toy News, it’s Board Games

Why Play?

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” ― Jean Piaget

At a recent toy show in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet with many educators to discuss games and play in general. What was exciting to hear was that a local school district had recently removed an hour of computers and replaced the time slot with PLAY. Why has play become such a hot topic? Does play offer our children something they can only gain from experiential play? The importance of play in children’s lives is well documented. As children grow and change, play develops with them according to a developmental sequence.


Springfield’s Parents as Teachers program is teaching parents games and activities for them to become better educators.

Here are all the details!

November Newsletter: We’re back!

November, 2014 Feature Articles 8th Annual Young Inventor Challenge by Julie Blake This year’s Young Inventor Challenge promises to be the best one yet, with Spin Master lined up to deliver a live toy invention challenge and prizes that will surely be on the top of every Christmas wish list. Read More! The Most Important…


Check out these incredibly imaginative playgrounds. They sure are a long way from the hollow metal tubes that I used to play on…
Read more at the New York Times


We all have our favourite board games. Kurt Heinrich, with, takes a look at how some of these games can have a powerful impact on your career. For example, while almost all board games involve chance, many also require professional skills such as negotiation, wordplay, strategy, communication, or tolerance for risk.

Those are his words, not ours. Read more!