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Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills in Kids

by SimplyFun

Strong executive skills are important for kids. Ensuring kids have plenty of practice building their executive functioning skills is one of the most important gifts you could give them.

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SimplyFun’s Newly Released Game Wins a PAL Award

by SimplyFun

SimplyFun’s newest game, Is or Isn’t, has won a PAL Award! Is or Isn’t is a Reading and Language Arts game for young learners.
So what makes this game so fun and educational? Is or Isn’t is a bingo-style word game for two to five players, ages six and up.

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Play is Important for Children's Mental Health

by Toni Linder

As COVID-19 drags on and children are being homeschooled, learning with teachers online, or in classes six feet apart, concerns over children’s mental health may be taking center stage in relation to concerns over academic progress.

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How Games Can Enrich Homeschooling

by Katie Silliman

If you’re wondering how games can enrich homeschooling, I’m here to tell you about my experience.

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Meet Is or Isn’t—A Vocabulary-Building Word Game!

by SimplyFun

Is or Isn’t is a vocabulary-building word game that’s perfect for early learners! Play along with the adorable creatures that live in this game’s thesaurus.

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Family Game Time and Good Etiquette

by SimplyFun

Family game time is fun, if everyone’s a good sport. However, kids aren’t always the best at board game etiquette. In fact, many adults aren’t either.

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Dish ‘em Out: SimplyFun’s Newest Life & Thinking Skills Game

by SimplyFun

Dish ‘em Out is SimplyFun’s Newest Life & Thinking Skills Game! Great for ages 8 and up, and for practicing strategy and planning skills!

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Family Fun

by Matt Brown

A long time ago in our galaxy, Plato said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” This is where family fun comes in!

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Shelter at Home and Play

by Toni Linder

Games are always fun, but during these days of having to shelter at home, finding ways to bring the family together in joint activities is essential. Whether you are sheltering with just your immediate family or with a couple of generations, play is right there with you.

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Improve Homeschooling with Gameschooling

by SimplyFun

Homeschooling often seems like a dream come true. You get to spend more time with your kids and hopefully, they’re loving it too. However, what if there was a way to improve homeschooling to make it even more enjoyable and effective?

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Ahoy, New Math & STEM game Phantom Seas!

by SimplyFun

Strengthen your navigation and directional awareness skills with SimplyFun’s newest Math & STEM game, Phantom Seas!

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Meet Our Newest Math Games

by SimplyFun

Say hello to our two newest math games, Acorn Paws and Glow Spotters, we think your family is going to love them!

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Tips for Schooling at Home

by Heather Underhill

If you’ve come looking for tips on schooling at home then you’re like most of the United States (and many other countries) who suddenly have kids at home to minimize the spread of Covid-19.

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Ice Tumble: SimplyFun’s Newest Life & Thinking Skills Game!

by SimplyFun

Ice Tumble is SimplyFun’s Newest Life & Thinking Skills Game! Great for ages 7 and up, and for practicing fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and physics!

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Top 10 Games of 2019

by SimplyFun

Each January we look back at our Top 10 Games of the prior year and introduce them to you in case you are looking to add a new favorite to your game library in 2020.

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Making And Keeping A Play Promise

by SimplyFun

It’s the start of a new year and you’re probably busy making and starting on your resolutions. One of the best resolutions you can make for yourself, your kids and your entire family is a play promise.

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Eagle Chase: SimplyFun’s Newest Geography Game

by SimplyFun

Adventure awaits with our newest geography game, Eagle Chase! A game that’ll have you and your family exploring historical, geological and geographical sites of the United States, learning new facts, sharing stories of places you’ve been to all while trying to catch up with the Eagle to earn extra points!

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Practical Ways to Increase Your Child’s Interest in Math

by Toni Linder

Are you a parent who wants to increase your child’s motivation and interest in math? If so, avoid math workbooks and flashcards. While some children may find these challenging and interesting, most children find worksheets and flash cards boring and self-defeating.

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5 Ways To Introduce STEM and STEAM To Your Littlest Ones

by Toni Linder

Are you a parent who wants to increase your child’s motivation and interest in math? If so, avoid math workbooks and flashcards. While some children may find these challenging and interesting, most children find worksheets and flash cards boring and self-defeating.

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Value of Cooperative Play: Working Together to Have Fun and Achieve Results

by Matt Brown

Play is a big idea. It’s not easy to define simply. So, let’s pick one way to look at it.
Competitive versus cooperative play.

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Adding More Fun To Homeschooling With Gameschooling

by SimplyFun

Make homeschooling more engaging with gameschooling.
Play is both fun and educational and it’s becoming a much larger part of homeschooling through gameschooling. As the name implies, it’s about making learning more engaging through games.

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The Importance of Each Social Stage of Play

by SimplyFun

Children go through different social stages of play. Each stage represents the transition into a new area of social skill, such as going from playing by yourself to learning to play with others.

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Having Fun with Math Every Single Day

by SimplyFun

It’s amazing how many times a day we all do math, but may not even realize it. Instead of just solving problems out of a book, get your kids in on the action.

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Pink Blocks are Not Enough

by Toni Linder

We need girls and women in all creative fields, not just in fields related to the humanities, such as reading, literature, creative writing, art, drama, music and dance.

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Every Child Has the Right to Play

by SimplyFun

“The child shall have a full opportunity for play and recreation.” These are more than words – they are a declaration by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. This right was designated because play is more than just having fun, it’s vitally important for optimal child development.

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The Importance of Helping Your Kids Set Goals

by SimplyFun

Setting goals is important for everyone, including kids. Did you know that setting attainable goals actually helps with their development?

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4 Reasons to Bring More Play Into Your Life

by SimplyFun

When was the last time you relaxed and played? Playtime for adults shouldn’t be limited to rare occasions.
You might think playing is just for kids, but it’s incredibly beneficial for adults too. After all, wouldn’t it feel great to get that child like joy back in your life on a regular basis?

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STEAM: Not All Hot Air

by Toni Linder

Most people are familiar with the push in education for a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The more recent trend, however, is STEAM, which adds Art and Design into the mix. STEAM is a term coined by the Rhode Island School of Design with the intent of infusing critical thinking and integrated learning into education.

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How Young Children Are Wired to Learn From Play

by SimplyFun

You already know children love to play, but did you know that young children are actually wired to learn from play?
Play isn’t just something enjoyable for kids. It’s a vital educational tool that helps with their lifelong development. Their brains are made to experience the world in a playful way.

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5 Fun Ways to Build STEAM Skills at Home

by SimplyFun

STEAM is the evolution of STEM and stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Together, it’s a movement designed to help prepare today’s kids for the future.

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How Play for Babies and Toddlers is Important for Their Development

by SimplyFun

Play might not be the first thing on your list when you’re busy changing dirty diapers and getting up for 4 AM feedings. However, even the smallest forms of play early on are important for your baby’s development.

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Play Delivers

by Patty Pearcy

It is a fact that every time you tee up play, it delivers. Play can impact you when you least expect it and make a big difference in your family life… just read these stories from our SimplyFun Independent Consultant leaders.

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What You Can Learn From Playing with Your Child

by Toni Linder

Who doesn’t love playing with an infant? We all love peek-a-boo, tickle, and chase games accompanied by bursts of giggles and laughter. When they are preschoolers we love finger plays, songs, and tea parties.

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Kids Have Their Own Language When They Play

by SimplyFun

Have you ever sat and watched children communicate? They seem to have their own language as they play together.
From non-verbal to verbal communication, kids tend to talk to each other differently than adults do. They interact through games and fun activities. It’s also where they learn valuable social skills.

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4 Ways Parents Can Help Children Strengthen Their Reading Skills

by SimplyFun

Reading comprehension skills help children excel throughout their lifetime. Strengthening these vital skills is as easy as playing games and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your child learns.

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Making Time for Play

by Matt Brown

Here are a few of my most vivid memories as a kid. My dad pushing me on a swing as we counted to 100 in English and then Spanish. My dad helping me set up my Hot Wheels tracks from room to room all around the house.

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5 Ways Game Play Can Help Children’s Communication Skills

by SimplyFun

Building and strengthening communication skills doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, game play is a great and fun way to help children build these vital skills.

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Play is Not Just a Little Word

by Patty Pearcy

If your world is like mine it is full of check lists…shopping lists, reading lists and even a bucket list. But I bet the one list you do not have for your family is a play list! Most of us think of play as this fun thing that we go do…as we have time.

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Debunking the Girls and Math Myth

by Toni Linder

Have you heard the myth that girls are not good at math? Well, there’s a reason why it’s called a “myth”. It’s because it’s just not true. There can be no blanket statement that girls aren’t good at math, because math skills are influenced by genetics, culture, experience, upbringing and attitudes.

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How Did Math Get Its Bad Rap?

by Patty Pearcy

In a 2010 Change the Equation study, 30% of Americans polled said they would rather clean their bathrooms than do a math problem.

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How I Made Math My Child’s Favorite Subject

by Becky Phillips

These were a constant flow of phrases from the mouth of my 8-year-old daughter daily about math. As a homeschooling mom, I was the one enforcing this curriculum on her each day as we dove into our math lessons causing some math anxiety for both of us.

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Do You Have Math Anxiety?

by SimplyFun

Did you know that you can pass your dislike of math down to your child? Studies show that a parent’s math anxiety can negatively impact their child’s future success in math.

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My Big “Thank You” to Math

by Matt Brown

For many, math is boring or seemingly irrelevant. It’s just numbers, formulas and word problems on paper. For others, math is intimidating because it can be abstract, complicated and full of bad memories.

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How to Ignite Your Child’s Interest in Learning

by SimplyFun

Erase the boredom and spark your child’s interest in learning.
It’s not unusual for a child to either lose their interest or not be interested in learning at all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ignite that interest.

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Preparing Your Children for the Future…We’re Talking STEM Skills

by Admin

STEM based careers are projected to grow by more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. How do you plan to prepare your children for their future lives in potential STEM careers? SimplyFun Playologist Mary Kettering shares her experience with how SimplyFun games can give kids the STEM head start they need.

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STEAM, Play and Project Based Learning

by Matt Brown

I spent endless hours as a kid creating complicated contraptions with my Erector® sets, testing the boundaries of physics building elaborate sand castles at the beach, and conducting experiments with my small chemistry kit I received at Christmas.

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Learning Begins When the Fun Starts

by SimplyFun

Sometimes all it takes is a game to help kids learn easier.
All work and no play isn’t always the best way to help your child learn. Wouldn’t it be nice to just play for a while, especially when science says it’s one of the best ways to retain information?

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Helping Your Kids Develop a Love of Learning

by Patty Pearcy

Helping your kids develop a love of learning is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. What better way to do that than with an activity that kids naturally love, like play?

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