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Why Winning at Board Games Isn't Important!

Being competitive by nature, I didn't believe that winning at board games was the most important thing, but I always played like it was. My thinking has changed throughout the years. I now believe that enjoying the to and fro of the game and the people with whom you're playing are more important factors… sometimes.

Of course, winning is still desirable. Nobody wants to lose. Yet, losing gives you an important insight into your inner self. And while I do try to win at games and in business, if I lose, I’m not crushed. It’s how I played the game that’s the point.

In the words of Reiner Knizia, a prolific German game designer, 'When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.’

I'm reminded of a great book, 'The Wise Man's Fear' by Patrick Rothfuss. In it two players are discussing a game...

“I am trying to make you understand the game,” he said. “The entire game, not just the fiddling about with stones. The point is not to play as tight as you can. The point is to be bold. To be dangerous. Be elegant.”

What a wonderful metaphor for life and business!

FGA’s Mathable® games are ideal examples. The game is similar to Scrabble but uses numbers instead of words and can played alone or with others.

The goal of Mathable® is to create mathematical equations using the squares on a board. Some of the squares have restrictions and awards, while some are normal. The player with the most points is the winner.

Mathable® is a great way to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. You need to employ analytical thinking, and, of course, hopefully a bit of luck. And remember, even if you don’t win you’ll have fun and sharpen your math skills at the same time.

You can check out our other versions of Mathable®  here. 

The Scottish athlete, W.H. Murray also said it well: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it”.

In 'The Wise Man's Fear', one player goes on to say: "It (the game) is a mirror we hold to life. No one wins a dance... the point of dancing is the motion that a body makes... the moving of a mind."

We believe that winning isn't everything. In fact, it might actually be the least important thing. Feel free to comment below and start a discussion. In the meantime, take a look at the rest of our site to see a wide selection of board games and puzzles, all designed to get your mind in gear!

Board Games That Use Manipulatives

Board Games That Use Manipulatives

Find out how board games that use manipulatives can improve your physical, visual, and mental abilities to help you become a better gamer.

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Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Kids

Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Kids

Creativity is important in all aspects of our lives and it's something we all have, naturally. Stimulating it is important, and that's why arts and crafts are important for kids and their developing minds.

Arts and crafts activities help kids think like artists, designers, and craftsmen. These activities can add to an appreciation of crafts, art, graphic design and much more. 

Arts and crafts enrich our lives, so we think it's important to get your kids engaged early. All crafts are unique; whether designing an item, such as clothes, drawing pictures, or even cooking. 

Here are the main reasons arts and crafts are important for kids:

1. Arts and crafts develop independent thinking.

2. Arts and crafts develop better language and motor skills.

3. Arts and crafts stimulate the creative portion of the mind.

4. Arts and crafts get children thinking. 

Family Games America believes in the power of constructive play. Check out our line of arts and crafts items HERE

Why Kids Need to Play

Play is a vital part of growing up. We all know that, but did you know that recent studies have shown that healthy play is good for developing young brains. 

For example, it is notable that kids are more attentive in school after they have had a short break -- or a recess as it's called in most places. It's because play, unlike a classroom, doesn't involve adult influence. 

Here's an interesting fact: In China and Japan, where you have some of the best students in the world, teachers have recognized how important play is by giving students frequent breaks, sometimes every hour. 

One form of play, called 'sociodramatic play' is pretend play which works by improving thinking and language abilities. By pretending, they also learn about emotions and how to deal with them. 

Play also helps kids grasp logic and reasoning. Say if a baby doll 'wets' her/himself, a diaper has to be changed. In that way, pretend play helps children make rational decisions. 

Since it's adults who make kids' decisions, not the kids themselves, play can reinforce their ability to deal with the world in a better way. Hence, that's where play comes in. 

Play is different because it permits kids to make their own decisions, and in so doing, aids in creating confidence, a positive self-worth, and ability.

So let kids play! 

We at Family Games America encourage play with our lines of eco-friendly, tested, and fun-filled toys, games, and puzzles. You can see our lines HERE

Smithsonian Science Kits Help Kids Learn

Smithsonian Science Kits Help Kids Learn

Smithsonian Science Kits for kids or adults involve STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Add the 'A' for Arts and you have STEAM. 

STEM and STEAM represent a unique philosophy of teaching that incorporates four disciplines in the case of STEM, and five in the case of STEAM.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

When you include the 'A' in STEM, you add the value of art, which is key to tackling problems and finding the right solutions, both in the workplace and in our everyday lives. 

These are skills that work in the real world and in our everyday lives. That's because most tasks will require more than one skill set. 

STEM and STEAM work together to solve problems and find unique solutions. It's not one thing, but many. 

By using the principles of integration in STEM and STEAM, children (and adults too!) are better able to handle life's challenges, both technical and practical in nature.

At Family Games America and its related retail site, Toys Games Puzzles, we offer an array products that incorporate STEM and STEAM into learning in fun ways!

Check them out HERE.  

Wooden Toys are the Best Choice

It's a funny thing about kids and toys, sometimes kids will enjoy older toys more than new-fangled ones.

Let's go back in time. Long before plastic was invented, toys (and many other things) were made entirely of wood. These days, most toys are made of plastic or metal, and while there's nothing wrong with that, toys constructed from these materials lack the simple beauty of those crafted in wood. 

It used to be that everything simpler and less complicated, including toys. You didn't need a plastic imitation of a movie character to be entertained.

Wooden toys are a choice for your kids. For one thing, they're durable. Let's face it, kids are hard on toys. Wooden toys can stand the test. And, because they're heavier they can help with hand-eye coordination. 

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It's true that plastic can be moulded into any shape and include a lot of detail, but that isn't always a good thing. By offering too much detail, it restricts the child's imagination. Wooden toys do the opposite; as kids have to supply the details themselves, like sounds and other elements, that helps stimulate their imaginations.  

Lastly, it's important to check that all toys, wooden ones included, have the proper safety marks and approvals.  

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Our Little Moppet line of wooden puzzles and toys is eco-friendly and safe for young hands. Click HERE to explore the full collection.

Aim for the Nebulous Stars

We are featured in the August 2018 issue of Creative Child!

 

 

Family Games America FGA Inc., the gift game and puzzle people since 1987, introduces you to a whole new range of products including 16 enchanting and mystical Arts and Craft kits for the Tween/Teen market.

Aimed at promoting “Girl Power”, each kit sparks imagination, creativity and self-esteem in each and every participant when they partake in Activity Sketch Books, Dream Catchers, Magic Watercolor, Charm Bracelet, Milky Way Bead Set and the super popular Pampered Body & Mind Spa Set. The delightful Nebulia, Petulia and Marinia characters accompany and explain details to players as they delve into this magical and colorful world of art.

      

With quite a few arts & craft kits already out there in the market, most kits are aimed at children of a younger age group. With this enchanting line of Nebulous Stars, the artwork, packaging and content respects and speaks to the slightly older teen and pre-teens who are more into Harry Potter-ish, slightly mythical television programs, films, characters and books.

               

     

                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Each kit is jam-packed with product that pertains to the kit title, be it markers, stickers, glow ink, beads, stones, tools, stencils, nail and body tattoos, foil, glitter, gems, canvas, gel pens, transfers, paintbrushes, paint, feathers, wish jars, crystal pendants, ribbon, elastic, foot bath, flip flops, bath bombs, nail polish…     

 Allow for personal time, personal growth, and proud results. It's the perfect rainy day pass time, and available exclusively in the USA through Family Games America FGA Inc. 

August is Arts & Crafts Month on Toys Games Puzzles! Take a look at the entire Nebulous Stars collection here  

Playing with Dolls is Great for Kids

Do you know how long dolls have been around? Try more since about 100 AD! And, in case you’re unsure of when that was, let's just say it was a very very very long time ago! Dolls were then and are now a part of our culture.

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Gardening For Kids: 3 Reasons Why It's Important

Once most kids get their hands dirty and see what they've planted start growing, they'll be in tune with nature. And, they'll discover that gardening is fun and something they can look forward to doing all their lives. 

Here are 3 reasons why getting kids started in the garden is a good idea:

1. Gardening helps kids understand the importance that nature plays in our world and that we're a part of a much larger ecosystem. Kids love animals, and that's part of nature too, but seeing tiny seeds turn into plants is fascinating for them. All kids love getting their hands in the dirt (even some of us adults too!). When they see their plants sprouting up they'll have a real sense of accomplishment. 

2. Letting them pick the particular plants they want to grow helps build self-confidence and teaches them how to make decisions. By planting vegetables that they don't like to eat - spinach, for example - might even overcome their dislike of it if they grew it themselves.

3. It's an ideal opportunity for parents to interact and teach their kids about other aspects of nature, like insects and the role they play in the ecosystem. It might even help them get past their fear of spiders and worms. The world of bees is a fascinating one to introduce to kids who want to plant flowers. And don't forget photosynthesis and the role the sun plays - all great learning opportunities. 

There's actually no reason that encouraging kids to get involved in gardening is a bad idea -- and plenty of good ones!

Little Moppet is our line of kids gardening equipment that's ideal for young hands when adult tools might be a bit intimidating. Check them out here here https://toysgamespuzzles.com/collections/little-moppet-garden

 

Kumon Books: A Short History

Kumon Books: A Short History
A short history of Kumon Books and how they were founded. We're proud to carry the line at ToysGamesPuzzles.com

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