(Lily Brown and Tait Hansen, winners of 2018 Young Inventor Challenge

for Most Marketable Concept with their game Betcha Can't)

How did you find out about the young inventors competition?

Our parents took us to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair a few years ago. We saw the Young Inventor Challenge and thought, “We can do that too!"

What were some of the details of the competition?

The Young Inventor Challenge is part of the Chicago Toy...

On my first day of work at Hasbro at the Games Group in East Longmeadow, MA, I’ll never forget walking up the stairs and seeing the images of Twister, Connect 4, Jenga, Monopoly, all the games I LOVED as a kid, painted on the hallowed halls of one of the biggest toy companies in the world…and I could not believe I was lucky enough to be actually working there!   I had asked myself many times in my career, “Why didn’t you think...

December 10, 2019

The fantastical team at Geobender,  Andreas Hoenigschmid, Klaus Mielke & Thomas Kies, along with Alex Fuhrer from Nextoy created stunning BeachArt to inspire CHITAG attendees once again this year... and topped last year's creation, which surprised everyone, especially us at CHITAG as it took a day to figure out who the mystery artist were!!! 

Here are images we were treated to this year! The BeachArt is approxima...

What do you do in the industry?

My journey in the game and toy business has been a bit convoluted. I started out designing and publishing my own games back in 2002. For anyone not familiar with the world of the small publisher, it means wearing several hats. After I designed a game, I worked with illustrators and manufacturers to create it, then with distributors, sales reps, and retailers to get it to market, and, of course, w...

September 24, 2019

2019 Play in Education (PIE) Conference Presentation Description:

Learners benefit cognitively, physically, and socially when they play. Learners also benefit cognitively, physically, and socially when manipulate objects for a craft project. However, the benefits received in making something are often not the same benefits received when one plays. The presentation showcases some simple educational games and activities that can...

September 19, 2019

(The following answers were dictated to Hayley’s mom, children’s book author Lori Orlinsky)

What is your claim to fame in the industry?


My mom wrote the book about me! The book is called “Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All).”

What is Being Small about?


The book is about a child who does not want to go to school because she is the shortest kid in her class. But in the book, her mom tells her that being short makes her speci...

September 12, 2019

 (Picture credit: Ava Gray, left, a reporter for Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, interviews Ellie Skalla, 11, of Oak Park, creator of GalactiQuest, at the 2018 Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 as appeared in Neil Steinberg/Sun-Times)

When she’s not camping with her fellow Girl Scouts, or drawing in her sketchbook, Ellie Skalla can almost always be found playing board games with her friends...

What do you do in the industry?

I played with a bunch of toys when I was a kid, bought two or three gazillion when I became a dad, and now I have the honor of performing at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. I am the Only Former Social Worker Presenting Research Based, Totally Interactive School Assembly Programs and loving it!  Jedlie.com

What are you working on now?

I am looking to launch some new spin off podcasts that...

Since "retiring in 2016, I have gotten very involved with our local Congregational Church. I was asked to speak with the Confirmation Class of teenagers about the Spirituality of Play. Our Minister, Amy, thought it was a great message and asked me to deliver it as a summer sermon. Here's what I came up with...

Good morning!  Thank you Amy for inviting me to share my story today.  My story is about the Spirituality of Play and I...

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