Board Games Spark Play-Based Learning and Inspire Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Board Games Spark Play-Based Learning and Inspire Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

From classics to original creations, board games have much to offer in terms of learning. Almost any game will encourage the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and specific games help players to hone in on specific skills or topics. By exploring local resources for game play, creating new games, and digging into the history of games, families can maximize the educational potential of a great family pastime!

Dating back to the Victorian era, board games as we know them have been a popular form of entertainment for close to two centuries (though their roots stretch even further back in time). Sometimes seen these days as a low-tech version of computer-based games, board games have lots to offer within the realms of both entertainment and education. In addition to offering an exciting and engaging screen-free gaming experience, board games can encourage the development of essential thinking skills, as well as important content-area knowledge. From basic math skills to world geography, board games have much to offer – especially when daylight hours are short!

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Gaming Week 2015 Full – Now accepting waiting list registrations

We are now officially full. However, a couple of people are just pencilled in right now and have not confirmed they will be attending, so it’s possible a few slots may open up so please register if you are interested. For payment on the registration choose ‘Mail In’ and wait until you hear from us if you’ve been assigned a slot before mailing us a check.

Gaming Week 2015 Registration now open

gamingweek2015logoWe’ll be back again this summer from August 3rd-7th and our online registration is now open at

We’re limited to 20 slots again and we’ve heard from a number of kids that they plan to return this year so sign up soon if your heart is set on attending.

Also, FYI, our friend Ashley is running a camp the week following ours in the same location;

codemakers“At CodeMakers Club our goal is to have a first-look at how computer programs are made and experience what its like to think like a coder.  We will learn the basics of programming (coding) through a series of short lessons and hands-on exercises designed to be fun and challenging.”

Sign up for more information at


Hey, Parents. What Minecraft Is Doing to Your Kids Is Kind of Surprising.

Great article on Minecraft from


We’re Full!

With more than 2 months before Gaming week all 22 slots are now filled. Most of the attendees are kids returning from last year which is a statement in itself. We’re very excited and looking forward to another fun filled week this August.

Note – Some people haven’t paid their deposits yet so drop us an e-mail at if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case anyone drops out.

Put Down the Smartphone, Board Games Are Cool Now

What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the words “Dungeons and Dragons”? Some guys covered in Cheeto dust, wearing glasses and wizard hats, sitting in their basements playing cards: a small contingent of devoted nerds?

That stereotype is changing.

Sales of tabletop games (including cards, board games, and role-playing games) at hobby stores have jumped 15 to 20 percent for the last three years in a row, according to a recent report from ICv2. In New York City, a few business owners are hoping to get gamers to their brick-and-mortar stores where people can play hundreds of games.

Forget Scrabble and Monopoly (though yes, they have those too); we’re talking Cards Against Humanity and Settlers of Catan.

The owners of these businesses say people of all stripes are showing up to play: tatted up skaters, couples on a date, local librarians, college students, and even hardcore fans of Magic: The Gathering.

How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving

Image credit: Paulo OrdovezaLast month, Scientific American declared “…“not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” A nod from a top science magazine to the game many parents wish their kids had never heard of. This, following Common Sense Media’s seal of approval.  On the surface, it’s not so surprising. Something like 80% of five-to-eight year-olds play games and 97% of teens. Early simulations likeReader Rabbit are still used in classrooms to drill

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Gaming Week 2014 Brochure

Got our brochure ready for the Williamstown Elementary School PTO Camp Fair this weekend. Here it is in PDF format;


Gaming Week 2014 – August 4th – 8th

We will returning to Williamstown Elementary School this summer the week of August 4th – 8th.  9 AM – 4 PM

More Minecraft, More Board Games, More Challenges. It’s Gaming Week 2.0!

Also, we will be at the Williamstown Elementary School Camp Fair this Saturday March 22 from 9 AM – 12 PM with brochures. Swing by and pick one up and enjoy the WES PTO Pancake breakfast while you’re there.

We’ll have our website updated with new registration information by Saturday morning as well.

Yes we will be back next summer

We haven’t picked the dates yet or signed any official forms yet but our plan is to do at least one week, maybe two, next summer, hopefully at the same location.

We had a blast and from what the attendees and parents told us, so did everyone else.

Stay tuned for more information, or drop us a line if you have specific questions.