People with autism often have amazing capabilities. Whereas autism is traditionally thought of as a “disorder,” individuals with this condition frequently exhibit advanced brain functions such as better memory, higher math skills, and enhanced sensory perception. However, they also exhibit impairments which make life difficult. With the most recent version of the psychiatric Diagnostic and…
File this one under things I wish were at my local library: kids at the city library in Palmerston North had a chance to play giant board games. Looks like a ton of fun. If you’re a library or a school, this would make for a fantastic event! Click here to learn more.
The case for letting kids design their own play… Giving kids less leaves them room to contribute more. Read all about it at FastCompany.
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!
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…
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.
MakerStudio, by ThinkFun, is the most surprising building kit to come around in a while. Take a look at our review to find out why!
This article in the Journal of Play takes a look at play’s relationship to language, cultural forms, and transformative politics from a philosophical point of view. This link is to the abstract, which links to a pdf of the whole article.
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!
Can a party game also be educational? Why yes, yes it can.