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Newsletters for industry, consumers, social media influencers and educators cover many aspects of play and

the interesting stories behind the playthings we love! 

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Business of Play News

Industry News - interviews, news, information about get-togethers we're hosting and more.

Importance of Play News

For consumers and anyone interested in toys and games and 

meeting the people behind the the products.

 

Legends and Legacies Profiles

There are many great stories and then there are those which are EPIC! 

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Our Inventor & Innovation Conferences Experts weigh in on industry topics. 

Design Edge Rocks 30 Years of Toy Innovation

(Mark, Linda, Matt, Michelle, Nico and Lucas) How does a typical day begin at Design Edge studios? “On my way to the office this morning, I was stuck in a traffic jam behind truckloads of fake palm trees that were headed for a film set,” says Matt Nuccio. Located on the Gold Coast movie studio lot in Bethpage, New York, Nuccio’s business address is wildly colorful and a little unpredictable. Neighbors also include a pyrotechnic company and a candy company, making it the perfect atmosphere for the explosive creativity that’s been coming from the Nuccio family for more than 30 years. The company has earned a well-deserved reputation for pushing the envelope with skillful, modern design that te

Gary Swisher - 75 Toy Ideas in 2 Days Led to Hot Wheels Internship and More!

Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I was an Industrial Design student at Arizona State University, and Mattel decided to have a toy invention competition at the school (I think the head of D&D at the time loved golf and Tempe is the place to golf in the winter)…My instructor asked all of us to come up with 75 toy ideas over the weekend to show to him on Monday…it was the most fun weekend of “homework” I had ever done…I was hooked! I didn’t win the competition, didn’t even get an honorable mention…my Infra Red “Stun Guns” batteries went super low while showing them off to my classmates prior to showing the judges. They only had a 12” distance for the judges (a panel of lo

Coderbunnyz!

My advice would be for all my fellow inventors is to continue to explore, observe and ask questions. Logical thinking and problem solving ar

Peter - Switzerland and Beyond

I had in the late 80th my first presentation for SkipBo at key account level. I didn’t know the game and was unprepared….but the buyer was k

Just Utter Nonsense!

My friend and I were having brunch on New Year’s Day of 2014 after playing Cards Against Humanity the night before. We both liked the game a

How Do We Reinvent Education?

(Reisa Schwartzman win Martin Nedergaard Andersen, inventor of Kwan) The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. -Albert Einstein Last night I had a conversation with my 20 year old son about if it was more important to be happy in the moment or to have a meaningful life which will bring you long term happiness and fulfillment. How do we obtain this meaningful life? By learning and contributing to society? What tools do we need to offer our children to be successful and contributing members of society in this fast paced changing digital world we live in? And how can play offer the tools to meet the challenges of today? Psy

Benefits of Play

Children of all ages want and need to spend time with parents and friends, why not use this time in an activity that is loads of fun and works your brain, which is a muscle after all – playing with others! We have a plethora of articles documenting the value of play on our Importance of Play webpage. Just a few highlights include: One of the things we've learned over the years is that the brain is like a muscle. The more it exercises, the more it can do. In fact, in this study, researchers found that playing board games twice a week increased the brain speed scores of elementary students by a staggering 27 - 32%! Does this mean that playing games will turn kids into geniuses? Probably not, b

Game Review: Compose Yourself

I don’t often get to write that word, but it definitely applies to Compose Yourself. There’s just no other way to describe the moment you he

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

Play in Education News

For educators, librarians, homeschooling families and parents

who are interested in using play to aid learning.

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