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Bill Ritchie & Andrea Barthello Honored at Commonwealth Academy’s CARE Awards

ALEXANDRIA, VA: MARCH 31, 2011 – ThinkFun cofounders and Alexandria residents Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello were honored at the 11th Annual CARE Awards (Commonwealth Academy Recognition for Educators Awards), held at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. Also honored were Alexandria educators Mercedes Huffman and Katie Theobald, as well as Commonwealth Academy alumni who had recently received undergraduate degrees. Political pundits and former Commonwealth Academy parents James Carville and Mary Matalin hosted the evening. Mayor William Euille and Councilman Rob Krupicka were also in attendance. The evening was a testament to the critical difference that strong partnerships between community, family, and public and private schools can make in the success of our city’s youth.

Smart Mouth Wins 2011 Play Advances Language (PAL) Award!

ThinkFun's Smart Mouth game has been selected as one of the top toys to receive the 2011 PAL Award (Play Advances Language) for promoting language development! With the help of kid toy testers, language expert, Sherry Artemenko carefully selects the top toys and books that engender play that advances language.

Since early language proficiency correlates with later performance in school and influences emotional, cognitive and social growth, choosing the best toys and books is critical to practice and develop these skills!

For a complete list of 2011 PAL Award winners, please click here!

Treat Your Feet with Customized ThinkFun Sneakers!

When ThinkFun gave custom Converse sneakers to employees for the holidays, we had no idea how popular they'd be!  Now you can get YOUR feet in on the fun!


These custom Chuck Taylor All Star kicks for men and women can be ordered directly from the Converse Website via the following links:

Rush Hour played by veterans with brain injuries.

ThinkFun's Rush Hour game was featured in an NBC Nightly News segment on treating returning veterans with brain injuries. Over the years we have heard from many therapists who use our games to help patients rebuild cognitive and fine motor skills, and we are proud to know our mind challenging games are being used to help returning troops!

Solitaire Chess App Now Available!

ThinkFun is thrilled to announce the release of our newest app – Solitaire Chess!

Simple to learn, impossible to master, addictively fun – ThinkFun’s Solitaire Chess is a logic puzzle based on the rules of chess, and now you can take this hugely popular game on the go!  400 brand new challenges ranging from easy to expert will challenge chess newbies and experts alike.

Thanks for Voting ThinkFun!

We are extremely proud that two of our newest games, Solitaire Chess and Math Dice Jr., are nominated for 2011 Toy of The Year awards by the Toy Industry Association! These awards are the "Oscars" of the toy industry, and to be nominated is an enormous honor!


Many thanks to those of you who voted for these two great games, winners will be announced on February 12th and we hope to have great news to share with you then!

Thank you for your support!


S'Match wins a 2010 PAL (Play Advances Language) Award

ThinkFun's S'Match game has been selected as one of the top toys, games and books to receive the 2010 PAL Award (Play Advances Language) for promoting language development.  Language expert, Sherry Artemenko, with the help of kid toy testers, chose the top toys and books that by design, content, quality, and character, engender play that advances language.

Early language proficiency correlates with later performance in school--reading, writing and critical thinking skills--and influences emotional, cognitive and social growth.

A Very ThinkFun Halloween

ThinkFun kicked off the holiday weekend with a Halloween Celebration like no other!

Employees took the “Dress as Your Favorite ThinkFun Game” Theme and ran with it, resulting in some HIGHLY creative and very festive costumes!  Here’s a sampling… can you guess all the games embodied here?!

Check out our Facebook Album for more photos and to see if you guessed correctly!

ThinkFun & MAA to Host a Reception in Honor of Martin Gardner's Celebration of Mind

Martin Gardner's Celebration of Mind

Calling all Gardner aficionados in the Washington, D.C. area!
ThinkFun and The Mathematical Association of America will be hosting a reception to celebrate Gardner's work and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to mathematics, science, art, magic, literature, philosophy, and puzzles. The event will be held in the MAA Carriage House on October 21, 2010, which would have been Gardner's 96th birthday.

What's GNU? and FlipOver win Teachers’ Choice for the Classroom Awards!


"For 17 years, the Learning® magazine Teachers' Choicesm Awards have heralded the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. Each year our nationwide panel of teacher-judges names the standouts in books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, Web sites, and more—everything you need for your classroom. "


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