The verdict is in. When fun meets education, we all win! Speaking of wins, some of SimplyFun’s newest and most admired titles are now award-winning games. From Academic’s Choice to Parents’ Picks and everything in between, we’re grinning ear to ear from all the accolades.
What is a gift that connects family and friends through laughter and play? If you guessed tabletop games, give yourself a pat on the back!
Get ready to snag some epic deals on games for kids while you check a few holiday shopping tasks off your list! SimplyFun’s annual sale is here but hurry, these deals on games won’t last long!
Turn on the fun with the best family-friendly games for groups! When the house is filled with family and friends, there’s no better way to pass the time (and bypass the screens) than with a game the whole crew will enjoy!
Spooky season is here, and that means it’s time to get creative with fun costumes, pumpkin decorating, and seasonal treats! While you’re at it, why not trick or treat yo’ self (and the kids) to a Halloween game party this year?
The wind is howling and it’s raining sideways which puts a damper on outdoor play. While it might be tempting to let the kids ‘veg out’ on their devices, why not engage the whole family with a tabletop game instead?
The change in season brings cooler weather, hues of orange and yellow, pumpkins, spooky celebrations, and better yet, cozying up with friends for gameplay!
Written by: Erika Cardamone, speech-language pathologist and leader of the PAL Awards that recognizes exceptional games, toys, and books that advance language.
Let’s face it; kids love a good party! Fun games, friends, birthday cake, gifts, and whimsical decor! What’s not to love? Planning a kid’s birthday party can feel a little daunting to the parent who wants to host an epic kids’ party that is well orchestrated and unique.
by Patty Pearcy
Once upon a time in a land far and away, there lived a two-legged stool. This stool knew that it was different than other stools but worked hard to overcome its challenges.
Join the fun with your dive team as you swim around collecting shells to trade in SimplyFun’s newest game, Shelly’s Pearl! This early learning Life & Thinking Skills game is intended for ages 4 and up and helps young players achieve goals and practice strategy while building fine motor skills.
The world from all appearances is a pretty messy place right now. And while we could have a long discussion on how we got here, the reality is that we must move forward to make corrections. To our credit, current generations are trying to implement stop-gap solutions now.
Ready to rock middle school? As your child’s workload increases and they grow more independent, let gameplay strengthen cognitive skills while keeping them entertained! Not to mention, playing board games is one of the best ways for families to spend quality, screen-free time together.
She/her, he/him, they/them. Who are we now? You may have asked yourself that question recently as the use of personal pronouns has come to the front lines in social, academic, and even the political arena.
August marks the last month of summer break before it’s back-to-school time for the kids! Although a bittersweet time as we savor the last of summer, August is also a great month to incorporate back-to-school activities.
Get ready for fun with our list of the best back-to-school games for 4th and 5th graders! With the start of a new school year just around the corner, (cue eye rolls and scoffs from the kids) prepping with gameplay will no doubt bring out a few smiles and laughter while it subtly turns on their ‘school brains.’
Curious what first graders should know before the school year starts? Wondering about second grade curriculum, or what math third graders are taught these days? You’re not alone!
Ready to word game with friends offline? This two-person card game will be your next one-on-one card game favorite to play anytime, anywhere.
Happy birthday to…YOU! We’re celebrating our birthday this year with a birthday BLOW OUT SALE! It’s our biggest sale of the year with select games offered at 30-40% off retail.
It’s birthday month at SimplyFun and a time for us to celebrate our mission along with the families we have touched through SimplyFun game play. We measure our success by watching the number of families grow that acquire and play our games each year.
Round up the kids and let’s head to the pool! We’ve got our SPF, sun hats, snacks, and sunnies packed. But, do you want to know a clever parent hack?
We have a PASSION for PLAYTIME! Summer is officially here and school is out, so now’s the time to incorporate fun with learning to keep skills fresh. SimplyFun games help make education an immersive experience for a lifetime of learning through play!
There’s been a lot of chatter about how kids are behind academically as a result of COVID. As much as two years of school in some cases. But academics is not the only or frankly the most important thing that kids are behind on.
Ready to chalk up your vocabulary, spelling, and memory skills? Then meet Chalk-A-Word, your next game night favorite that is oodles of F-U-N for everyone! Chalk-A-Word is an interactive game where players add letter cards to build off of words created by their opponents.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great time to learn and understand how play benefits mental health in everyone, especially children. Maintaining good mental health is important to your overall well-being.
Written by: Guest Blogger, Corrine Stein
In our family of five, we find that our kids’ age gaps can be challenging to say the least. We are dealing with a three-year-old who takes most of our attention and teens who seek more and more screen time each day.
by Toni Linder
Make time for play! Playing and learning with games is not only fun, but it can also help children develop essential social competence that will benefit them throughout life.
Watching a child build a fort with blocks or a whole imaginary world with sand buckets at the beach is a study in concentration and learning. Play is how kids learn – about the world, about their connection to other people, and about themselves.
SimplyFun’s annual ‘Play it Forward’ campaign takes place every February. It’s a month long special opportunity for game party hosts to donate a pack of games to local, non-profit organizations as a part of their selling rewards.
Written by: Alexandra Fung, co-founder and CEO of Upparent
Whether you’ve chosen to drive to your next family vacation or are embracing the journey as part of an epic family road trip, a little preparation goes a long way to making an extended car ride with kids go as smoothly as possible. Meals and snacks are high on the list, as well as plenty of pit stops for kids (and parents) to stretch their legs.
Math gets a bad rap for being a difficult school subject. However, is math really to blame? Or is a lack of PLAY in math learning the real culprit? At SimplyFun, we believe PLAY is the secret sauce for learning traditionally tricky subjects like math.
Looking for family travel games to play on planes, trains, and automobiles? Then get ready, set—-GO! Let’s hit the road with the release of the Kids on the Go Card Set! Whether you are planning air travel, a road trip, or an afternoon at the park, this set of four educational card games will keep your kids entertained while minimizing screen-time.
The key to maintaining your brainpower as we grow older, particularly in today’s technology driven world has just one major action step and that is to USE IT!
As a game designer, there is nothing more rewarding than experiencing how games make a difference in people’s lives. I recently had a chance encounter with a family in Santa Barbara and it was a great reminder of the importance of games and how they can positively impact both children and adults.
Contemporary author, Diane Ackerman, once said, “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning” and we couldn’t agree more! Can there be learning without play? Indeed.
Homeschooling a high schooler can seem overwhelming when considering the complexity of the curriculum. One way to support your high school student’s academic development is with educational games!
At SimplyFun, we’re all for sneaking in essential lessons and skills through gameplay, especially when it comes to math. Math is one of those subjects that you either love or…tolerate.
In March we’re focusing on foundational math games as part of March Mathness. In particular, games that work with shapes and colors—the foundational base for more advanced concepts like geometry and trigonometry.
When creating our games, the color choices we make are based on several factors- the theme of the game and the targeted player age of the game. But most importantly our color choices need to be recognizable to all the players playing the game.
There are many things we consider when producing our games, but at the top of the list is safety, quality, and durability.
Heart-shaped treats, colorful crafts, and fun games, oh my! As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, why not plan to make it memorable with fun activities for the whole family?
Making time for PLAY can significantly boost our mental and physical well-being. An unplugged playful moment can set the tone for our day and spark joy and positivity for all those involved.
Our favorite Ice Breaker Games for Zoom Meetings that will liven up your virtual classroom, company calls, or family gatherings!
In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting four African Americans whose contributions enriched our world.
Who doesn’t like to feel good? The answer is that we all do, and it is interesting how many ways we think of to make that happen. Maybe our definition of feeling good is a spa treatment, a special dinner, reading a book, doing some exercise, finishing a project or starting one.
Although we are so ready for 2022, let’s give the previous year one last look with SimplyFun’s Award-Winning Games of 2021!
Let’s go on a wild expedition with SavannaScapes. This social science Serengeti board game explores the incredible biodiversity of the Serengeti-Mara. The Serengeti spans 15,444 square miles of free-roaming wildlife in northern Tanzania and southwestern Kenya.
SimplyFun enlisted Ecologist & PBS’s Life at the Waterhole, Meredith S. Palmer, Ph.D to help us create an immersive Serengeti ecology board game that is one wild ride!
It’s the final count down as we announce our Top 10 Games of 2021! Our best-sellers were flying off the shelves and we’re doing a happy dance knowing the impact that play-based education has had on so many families this year!
I’m just going to fess-up right at the beginning that I have spent a fair amount of time buying gifts over the years. In those efforts, I’ve found myself caught up in the ‘is my gift bigger than yours’ with the kids on my gift list, feeling the need to find the ‘perfect gift’, or commit to getting the thing that can’t be acquired at any price from any store or online site.
Parents and educators have been abuzz with Rooby’s ABCs since its release in early 2021. From the start, this fun vocabulary board game won a PAL award for its excellence in early reading and language arts.
What’s a gift that connects family and friends through laughter and play? If you guessed board games, give yourself a pat on the back!
How do you create a joyous holiday? Does your family bring you joy? Do you bring joy to your family? The answer for most folks is probably yes…most of the time. LOL! OK…not a solid yes.
It’s raining, it’s pouring, and to your preschooler, being stuck inside can seem sooo boring. We’ve rounded up three Rainy Day Games for Preschoolers to stay entertained while they hop, shuffle, build and play with educational games by SimplyFun.
Game night board games have made a comeback, and for good reason. Whether played virtually or in-person, social board games encourage friends, family, and co-workers to bond over a little friendly competition.
Strategy board games have been around for centuries. They sharpen critical thinking skills while friends and families enjoy a friendly battle of the wits.
SimplyFun is kicking off the COZY month of October with an Autumn Carnival Coloring Contest! Are you up for the creative challenge?
SimplyFun’s Life & Thinking Skills game, Ice Tumble, has earned the prestigious “Recommended by American Mensa” label from Mensa® Mind Games. Ice Tumble helps young learners practice fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and physics.
Two of SimplyFun’s newest and well-loved games, Asymbol and Shore Seekers, continue to win awards! This time, it’s a Parents’ Picks Award in the ‘Best Products for Elementary Kids 2021’ award category. In order to be an award winner, these products go through a rigorous approval process with over 50 criteria.
Finding time to encourage learning through play no doubt underscores success in the classroom! At SimplyFun, we’ve always had a passion for playtime.
School is a wonderful place for kids to build academic skills, social-emotional skills, motor skills, and more. One of the best things you can do for your kids is to supplement and support the advances your kids make at school, at home!
SimplyFun’s latest Life & Thinking Skills game has earned the prestigious ‘Seal of Approval‘ award from The National Parenting Center!
If you’re like us, you’ve been thinking about how to best prepare kids for back-to-school success. There are many things you can do to support and supplement the fantastic learning kids get from school, right at home!
Even though it looms all summer long, back-to-school can sneak up on you! Kids are no doubt going to need some extra help to get back-to-school ready this year, but refreshing those skills can be fun!
Do you love board games, making a difference in the lives of children and having a flexible work schedule?
Meet our newest Life & Thinking Skills game, Hazel’s Helpers! Hazel’s Helpers develops fine motor skills and decision making. It’s also great for construction craft and planning capabilities in young learners ages four and up.
Well-loved games Asymbol and Shore Seekers continue to win awards, this time with a 2021 NAPPA Award! NAPPA, the National Parenting Product Awards, is the go-to source for parents seeking the best products for their children.
Not one, not two, but THREE imaginative games from SimplyFun have earned awards from Creative Child Magazine’s Awards Program! These creative games for kids are both wildly fun and subtly educational, something parents will no doubt appreciate.
SimplyFun’s latest Math and STEM games, Planet Voyagers and Shore Seekers, have won a Spring 2021 Brain Toy Award! The award comes from Academics’ Choice, the leading international educational award honoring excellence in mind-building media and toys.
Parents and educators will love Rooby’s ABCs, SimplyFun’s newest award-winning Reading & Language Arts game.
One of SimplyFun’s latest Life & Thinking Skills games, Asymbol, has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards®!
Rooby's ABCs helps little ones with their early reading skills by practicing and learning the alphabet.
Explore Planet Voyagers and blast off into fun and learning while touring space and conducting planetary research. SimplyFun's newest Math & STEM game focuses on astronomy and strategy.
Held every February, Play it Forward is a special opportunity for SimplyFun party hosts to donate packs of games to local charities and organizations of their choice as a part of their selling rewards.
Meet our newest Math & STEM game just in time for March Mathness!
Shore Seekers is a Math & STEM game focusing on addition and early multiplication. It's being released in conjunction with 'March Mathness' –our month-long celebration of learning math through play!
Math is an essential skill in life, yet many kids struggle with the formal math lessons taught in school and practiced at home. They can be stressful, overwhelming, and often boring. To overcome this while still strengthening your child's foundational math skills, try what we call 'sneaky math' by sneaking in some math through gameplay.
Many years ago, SimplyFun launched an annual program, held in February, called Play It Forward. This special opportunity allowed our party hosts to donate a pack of games to a local charity of their choice as...
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for acknowledging their central role in U.S. history. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976 and since then...
Get creative with Asymbol, our newest Life & Thinking Skills Game! You’ll be thinking outside the box as you come up with inventive ways to communicate with wooden shapes. So why not get your creative juices…
Building skills through play is our brain’s favorite way to learn! But, with so many children still learning from home right now, lots of kids are missing out on building important social-emotional skills. Classrooms would usually…
We’re excited to announce our Top 10 Games of 2020! These games have brought joy to so many families this year, and will continue to do so for many years to come. Drum roll please!
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.
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.
Looking for games your 5 and 6-year-old kids will love? Our games will spark joy, friendly competition, and create memories!
Here are five board games every 7 and 8-year-old-will love these holidays! Build memories playing these family favorites.
We have games for every 5 and 6-year-old on your list these holidays! Our games will spark joy, friendly competition and help create memories to last a lifetime!
Delight your littlest learners with the gift of play this holiday season. Nothing thrills 3 and 4-year-old kiddos like game time with their favorite grown-ups.
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.
by Katie Silliman
If you’re wondering how games can enrich homeschooling, I’m here to tell you about my experience.
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.
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...
Dish ‘em Out is SimplyFun’s Newest Life & Thinking Skills Game! Great for ages 8 and up, and for practicing strategy and planning skills!
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!
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.
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?
Strengthen your navigation and directional awareness skills with SimplyFun’s newest Math & STEM game, Phantom Seas!
Say hello to our two newest math games, Acorn Paws and Glow Spotters, we think your family is going to love them!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Young children are natural scientists. They love to explore, investigate, experiment, and make discoveries both on their own and with others. From early infancy on, they make comparisons, make predictions, try things out, and show adults…
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Setting goals is important for everyone, including kids. Did you know that setting attainable goals actually helps with their development?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a 2010 Change the Equation study, 30% of Americans polled said they would rather clean their bathrooms than do a math problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Hi! My name is Hannah and welcome to my SimplyFun page! I became a SimplyFun Playologist on January 13, 2022. I first discovered SimplyFun when a friend invited me to her party in November 2020! The more games I looked at, the more games I added to my wish list! I then hosted my own party to check them out and I have not been disappointed! SimplyFun has award-winning and educational games that both my kids LOVE playing, and I have seen their educational impact already! My husband and I also enjoy playing SimplyFun games after our kids are in bed. We appreciate the fact that each game takes 30-minutes or less. We're both competitive. Whoever loses the first game wants best 2 out of 3. When games are that quick, you can easily play a game 2-3 times a night and not regret it the next morning! I honestly never thought I'd host an online party, but SimplyFun convinced me. And I really never thought I'd become a consultant, but again, SimplyFun drew me in, and I'd love to help people like you build your game collection! They are great, fun, high-quality; even the packaging has impressed me! Also, SimplyFun has a Product Guarantee and will replace pieces that get lost or damaged! Let me help you discover the joy of learning through play! I can help suggest games that will fit your family if you need assistance. And if your wish list continues to grow bigger and bigger and BIGGER, let me help you host a party where you can earn games for FREE!
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