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Dr Toy's Top 10 Best Creative Products for 2011 features Cartoon It!

Dr. Toy recently announced the 100 Best Children's Products of 2011. These winners are broken out into 10 categories, with Top 10 products listed in each.  ThinkFun is thrilled to announce that Cartoon It! was named as one of Dr Toy's 10 Best Creative Products for 2011!


A recent press release announcing the winners shares the driving force behind Dr. Toy's recommendations.   

ThinkFun’s Rush Hour app wins an Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review!

ThinkFun’s Rush Hour app wins an Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review!

Children’s Technology Review is a monthly newsletter — modeled in the spirit of Consumer Reports with no advertising — designed to summarize the latest products and trends in children’s interactive media.

Children’s Technology Review’s Editor's Choice Awards are given to only the highest quality children’s products in the interactive media category. These are “no fail” products, worthy of their cost, and able to keep children engaged for days at a time.

Stephanie Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio shares her interview with Sam Ritchie, son of ThinkFun co-founders

Stephanie Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio recently interviewed Sam Ritchie, son of ThinkFun co-founders Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie!

Meet the Toymaker: Sam Ritchie of ThinkFun

Stephanie: My kids also grew up with a parent in "toys."  Did you enjoy being on the front lines at Think Fun? Did you help test new games as a child?

PathWords Wins 2011 ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Award!

Each year, the American Speciaity Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) honors the year's best toys.

We are thrilled to announce that ThinkFun's new logic game PathWords was honored with an award for Best 8+ Game Play as one of ASTRA's Best Toys for 2011!

Haven't seen PathWords yet?  Check out this video of the game in action and see what happens when Pentominoes meets Word Search!

TILT makes the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) 2011 Recommended Toy List!

ThinkFun's new logic game TILT has been recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is on their 2011 Recommended Toy List! 


The goal of the Recommended Toy List is to help parents and teachers find products that entertain and teach their gifted children.

When looking at a toy, testers ask whether the toy or game:

NOVA EXEC Magazine Feature: Barthello and Ritchie, Thinkfun Inc.

Article published by NOVA EXEC Magazine - Summer 2011


Andrea ‍Barthello and Bill Ritchie, the founders of Alexandria-based ThinkFun toy company, met in 1984 while working at a now-defunct real estate firm in Northern Virginia.

Not much fun in that. ‍

Barthello and Ritchie started dating and married within a year and soon after launched a start-up company from their basement called Binary Arts. Their first product line consisted of four mechanical puzzle games invented by a family friend, William Keister.

ThinkFun’s Rush Hour is one of Babble’s Top 25 Android Apps for Kids

Babble, a leading online magazine for parents, recently released their picks for the Top 25 Android Apps for Kids.  Mobile games play an increasingly prominent role in the lives of kids and parents today, and Babble’s reviewers have identified the very best apps that both entertain and teach through play.


ThinkFun is proud that Babble selected Rush Hour as one of the 25 Top Apps and assigned it the #3 ranking as best puzzle app!


ThinkFun’s Award Winning 'Solitaire Chess' Mobile App Now Available for Android

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

ThinkFun® Inc., a leading creator of addictively fun, mind-sharpening games, announces that it’s latest mobile game, ‘Solitaire Chess by ThinkFun’ is now available on the Android platform.

The Solitaire Chess app, which has been a top educational game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad since January 2011, was recently awarded the ‘Parents’ Choice Gold Award’ for mobile apps from the nation’s oldest non-profit guide to quality children’s media and toys.

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