I recently heard one of our SimplyFun Playologists share that her personal goal was to recommend the right game, for the right moment and the right reason to each of her customers. What a beautiful way to share how our mission, building smarter kids and stronger families can become a reality.
SimplyFun is a young company with a big heart and even bigger dreams to make this world a better place through play. Our team of Playologists take pride in finding the perfect game that fits your family, classroom or occupational needs. And becoming a Playologist at SimplyFun means you can earn a significant income while making PLAY your life's work! As a Playologist you can personally contribute to the success of children and families everywhere, making a difference that will last a lifetime!
It is often the smallest things that can hold a child back, like not understanding alphabet sequencing or place holder value in math. Down the road those early stumbling blocks turn into bigger issues such as "I don't like reading" or "I'm not good at math." How sad to hear children (and adults!) use those words. At SimplyFun we want to give parents the opportunity to identify kids' challenges early. Family play allows parents to see where gaps may exist and take corrective action that help kids keep moving forward in their development.
Like me, I'm sure that you have observed families where communication if it happens, does so via text and email. Can we really appreciate the joy and pain of another person using just those tools? Or do we desire the kind of deeper connections to family and community that only personal face to face interaction can bring? Moments of laugher together are some of the most cherished memories that we make. It is so important that SimplyFun has designed its games to fit into your busy life and to be engaging for young and old alike so that you may experience those special moments with your loved ones.
Our award-winning products (over 50 awards in 2012) meet the needs of today's parents to connect with their children, and participate in their learning not as tutors but as partners. Play is such an important part of the academic, social and emotional learning processes that SimplyFun games are now finding their way into classrooms and learning programs across the country. But there is more to be done! You can help us give kids and families a step up towards success by making play an essential component of your daily life.
We invite you to join our SimplyFun family either as a Playologist sharing these award-winning products or as a Fan that enjoys SimplyFun play in their home and spread the word that PLAY is the answer!
Patty and Tibbar
It’s that time again! Summer is winding down, and you and your children are getting ready for the new school year. Your children’s summer may have included play dates, camp, and maybe a family vacation. Regardless of the type of summer activities your children experienced, transitioning back to school requires a dramatic shift in interests, focus, routines, and schedules.
It’s also beneficial to help your child review previous academic skills and foster interest in learning new skills while maintaining the fun of summer. One simple way is to play a wide variety of games a few weeks before school starts. Board and card games provide a fun way to re-introduce structured interaction, higher level thinking, and academic skills.
There are many reasons that games are useful in this way.
Playing both old and new games lets parents observe their child to see what skills have been retained and which ones may have suffered during the “summer slide.” Parents don’t have to become a teacher to help their child refresh skills. They can help their kids relearn skills by playing games that are related to the weak areas. Game play is an enjoyable way to reintroduce or reinforce learning. Make time for a game a day!
Playing games does not mean eliminating other types of play for the rest of the summer. Children still need time for open, fluid play with their siblings and friends. This type of play holds great value for developing independence, leadership, creative thinking, and functional problem solving. Encourage all types of play and add in structured skill-based games to help the transition to school.
About the Author
Dr. Toni Linder is a leader in the field of early childhood development and early childhood special education. She works with children of diverse backgrounds and ability levels, including children that are gifted and talented, who have disabilities or come from backgrounds of poverty, and those from multicultural backgrounds.
Exploring the world in fun ways is a mission in our home. Like all explorers, we require tools. And no, I’m not talking about maps, a compass or a computer. Our tools are games. When we play, we explore, we learn, and we have fun doing it! Here are some of the games in our exploration “tool box.”
How do you explore the world through play with board games at your house? Share your answer in the comments below, then check out even more games to add to your toolbox at simplyfun.com.
Michelle Sorrells has been a SimplyFun Playologist since March 2016. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two children, Zachary and Loralei. Their favorite pastime adventures are going to the movie theater and taking annual trips to Disney World. The Sorrells are also avid fans of “pajama days” where they stay home and play games, watch TV and rest, all while never getting changed out of our PJs.
I recently experienced an extra poignant Father’s Day as it was the first without my Pop. I thought of all the memories we made together. All those seemingly simple activities that ultimately shaped my life. One of my earliest memories is of him pushing me on a swing as we counted up to a hundred in English and then Spanish. Then there were the long, intricate car tracks we would build throughout the hallway and rooms of the house. He taught me to play pool, poker and backgammon. All games I still love playing today.
Another game we loved was ping-pong. He beat me at it for years until I finally triumphed at 15. That was one of those life lessons my Pop imparted. Namely, you can’t be proud of a victory if you didn’t earn it with effort. Obviously, the other lesson is that practice absolutely pays off!
I imagine all Dads and Granddads have great memories playing with the kids. Mine include teaching my daughter to ride a bike at the school down the block; holding hands as we jumped off a bridge into a pond at family summer camp; evening story telling events at the local library; and searching for all the constellations in the night sky.
There was that time when she caught a water snake when she was only 5 years old. We learned to surf together when she was a teenager. I taught her to play volleyball. We would stack rocks in the creek, make sand castles at the beach, and play all kinds of games and puzzles. Unsurprisingly, I’ve loved playing ping-pong, poker, backgammon and pool with her.
It’s possible that I have an endless supply of great memories made by playing together as a family. But, our playing together is so much more than memories.
It is how my wife and I have been able to pass on life skills like good decision-making, sportsmanship and practice, and values like effort, empathy and respect for others and the natural world. It’s how my daughter developed the confidence, creativity and passions to pursue her interests in Greek mythology (thanks constellations and library story telling!) and photojournalism (thanks water snakes, sand castles and family summer camp!) at college. Heck, I credit her rich play life as essential to getting into a wonderful college and adjusting so well her independence, even though she is 3,000 miles away.
When you wrap it all up, we love each other a little more every time we play together. That’s the best thing about playing with your kids or grandkids.
I hope all Dads, Moms, Grandmas and Grandpas have a great summer of play.
About the Author
For over 20 years, Matt Brown has been leading high-performing teams to develop vibrant business cultures, invent and launch high-impact branded platforms, and turn around underperforming brands and businesses. Matt consults with Fortune 500 and early stage companies, usually working with the C-suite. He also co-founded a couple of companies including big BOING, an integrated strategy, innovation and development company that partnered with Kraft, Disney, Coca Cola, Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Learning Curve and others to invent, design and launch (or completely overhaul) major domestic and international brands.
Ever considered hosting a SimplyFun Laugh & Learn? Get your friends together, grab a snack, and play like kids again. This summer, host a Laugh & Learn and we’ll bring the FUN. Here’s how to get started …
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What is it about visiting places as a family that makes them more memorable? Whether it is a day trip to the beach or a week-long trip to an exotic destination, it is often the memories of our time together that enhance the experience. When we feel things together, we feel them more strongly, creating a vivid and long-lasting memory.
I grew up on the Pacific Coast where summer rain was a normal occurrence, but that never stopped my folks. Saturday would roll around and Mom was packing the picnic basket and Dad was loading the car (you know…one of those big 4-door sedans with room for the whole family and half your belongings!). Off we would go to the beach or the mountains. We didn’t always make it to our destination (our big car liked to overheat on the way up the mountain), and the weather didn’t always cooperate (rainy 45 degree beach days where waves caught little Patty who rode home soaked), but we always took the time to enjoy the moment.
Looking back now, what comes to mind is my time in the car with Mom, Dad, and Grandma. In those days, there was no DVD player in the vehicle or mobile devices to keep us occupied individually. There was only conversation, singing, and the famous road games (I Spy and License Plate) to entertain us together as a family on the drive. How much I learned about my family, their likes, their stories growing up, their hopes for me, I can’t even quantify, but I know it was a lot. I encourage all of you as you plan your summer vacations to turn off the electronics and get your family focused on sharing the moment, because it is those moments that have the most impact and are the things that truly last a lifetime.