The Overprotected Kid

The Overprotected Kid - A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution. Click here for read more.

The View from Finland

Finland far exceeds the US in high school academic performance, yet they do very little in the way of standardized testing. Take a look at what questions they do ask on their one major standardized exam.

GSL Episode 35: Essentials - Junior

Giles and Don start a trilogy of episodes covering some essential games for any game collection. In this episode, they talk about games that are fantastic for younger children, including Gulo Gulo, Animal Upon Animal, Dancing Eggs, Le Boomb, Sherlock, Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Make N Break, Spooky Stairs, Kids of Carcassonne and more. 

March Newsletter: Math!

It's March Math-ness! With all the NCAA brackets tumbling around us, we thought we'd take a look at math this month, and see how games can help. Enjoy!


Game Review: Robbin' Eggs

Who Knew Adding Negatives Could Be So Fun?

There are games about adding and there are games about subtracting, but there aren’t many about adding positive and negative numbers.  Negative numbers just don’t seem that popular in children’s games.  Even the game SORRY! includes a card that requires you to move 4 spaces backwards instead of asking you to move “negative four” spaces.  So when it comes to learning negative numbers there aren’t too many games to choose from, but there’s one standout from Haywire group called Robbin’ Eggs! 


Do Games Affect Memory?

At our booth this year in New York Toy Fair, we were showcasing one of our new games, 5 Stones, which is actually an ancient game from 4,000 years ago. I was intrigued by the response we had when people walked by and saw the game. Many individuals called out that they loved the game and played all the time as kids. What made game play so memorable? Was the visual memory triggered? Does game play offer increased memory? Is there a correlation between game play, memory and retrieval?


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