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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! 

ChiTAG White Papers

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

Beth Engelman - Mommy on a Shoestring

What was your favorite toy or game as a child? I’m definitely a deductive reasoning gal so I was all about Clue and Mastermind and yes, my sister and I would always fight over who would be Miss Scarlet! Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I was kindergarten teacher and firmly believe in the value of learning through play. Whenever people ask me to recommend a Kindergarten-Readiness program, my first response is “play board games.” Learning how to take turns, follow the rules, make decisions and work together ~ key skills for succeeding in games and in life. What trends do you see in toys or games that excite you? I love what I see as a continual explosion of and complex a

Kathleen Gibson Bio

Her research proving the correlation between student success and faculty performance is what inspired she and her team to develop the APL ne

Richard Gill - Global Domination

What was your favorite toy or game as a child? Without a doubt LEGO – my creations were replicas (in my mind at least) of all the cool things I saw on TV from Thunderbirds, Dr Who and more. Multi-colored (as they were back then) the beauty was in the eye of the beholder – my parents were very kind – I wish I had photos!! Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? Like most of us I think by accident! I was an owner in a small box making company in London back in the early 80s. We had a sideline – 1 machine and 1 legally blind operator – making games boards for UK companies such as Games Workshop, Gibsons Games. One day in 1984 – wow sounds like a fairy story J - a guy walked thro

Alan G. Hassenfeld, ChiTAG Board Member

Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chairman Hassenfeld Family Initiatives, Providence, RI Alan Hassenfeld is the Chairman of Hassenfeld Family Initiatives, a philanthropic organization whose goals are to globalize safety and human rights within the area of children’s products, empower women in developing countries, and undertake initiatives to improve the economy, education, and business opportunities in Rhode Island. He is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hasbro, Inc., where he began his career in 1970. He retired as Chairman of Hasbro in 2008 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is currently a Director of the Cue Ball Group, LLC, a venture capital firm in Boston, and

Tom Kalinske Biography

Tom Kalinske is currently Executive Chairman of Global Education Learning, a start-up, dedicated to teaching English and other subjects to children in Asia via on-line activities, DVD’s, and printed books/curriculum. He is also Chairman of Gazillion Entertainment, and Heads the Audit Committee at Cambium Learning group (NASDAQ: ABCD). From 2004 to June 2006 he served as Leapfrog’s CEO/Chairman, and he also served as CEO/Chairman 1997-2002. Tom has been part of LeapFrog since orchestrating the investment in it by Knowledge Universe in 1997, helping LF grow from a start-up specialty toy company to the largest Educational Toy Company in the world, taking it public on the NYSE in 2002, expandi

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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