News & Interviews

Over 400 Interviews, Articles and Stories! Over 350 authors! 5 Newsletters!

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

Interested in getting into the toy and game industry?

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

Barry and Jason - Designing Sustainably, The Whole Buffalo Way!

Are you looking to save the world, one game design at a time? Then have we got the animal-themed design mantra for you! We call it The Whole Buffalo. Why? Because back in the days of hunting and gathering, when a majestic buffalo was brought down, not a single piece of that animal was wasted. The skin became clothing and shoes and bedding, the hair became rope, the hooves became rattles, the bones became knives, and the teeth were glued back together to make funny mouthpieces for Halloween. (We may have made that last one up, but you get the idea.) Thinking of the Whole Buffalo means you use what you've got, make as little waste as possible, and try to employ natural materials over synthetic

Gwen Austin - RC Color Bug to Saving Soup

Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I entered the industry in 2007 when I manufactured my first toy, the RC Color Bug. The Color Bug was a radio-controlled art toy where the child would snap a marker into a ladybug-shaped toy and, with a remote, the child would be able to create free-formed art on a piece of paper. There were a lot of fun moments during this time but none as rewarding as receiving a picture from the teacher of a wheelchair-bound boy, showing that boy using his feet to direct the Color Bug–nothing will likely ever bring me more professional pride than knowing my toy helped a mother hang her son’s art on the refrigerator for the very first time. What ar

Rabbi Jeff and Mindy Glickman - Dogs Look Like The Human Who Lives With Them

There is a dirty, little secret about the game, Apples To Apples. You play your red apple cards trying to get the coveted green apple card. All the red apple cards are nouns and the green ones are adjectives. Next time you play the game, notice that the green cards each player collects are accurate descriptions of that player! Don’t laugh out loud when your opponent gets “Undesirable” and “Dull.” The thing is, there are many ways that our inner self comes out for everyone else to see. Take dogs. People choose dogs. They also live with them. If the ten dogs and people in a park were separated, it wouldn’t be that hard to guess which ones go home together. If the similarity isn’t hair

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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