COMMENTARY: Games Are Fun, and Can Keep Kids Thinkin’ Over Summer Vacation

I think any kid would back me up when I make the claim that the best part about summer vacation is having no school. As a youngster, the summer meant the beach, sports, barbeques, and playing outside all day, which made it my favorite time of year. However, summer can also mean reading, keeping up with topics, and building on concepts that were learned months before. That list isn’t always a kid’s favorite cup of tea, but something that they all love is toys and games.

The door in the educational category for toys is now wide open, especially with schools under extra pressure because of Common Core standards. There are quite a few games to keep kids’ noggins churning while having fun, which is one of the best ways to keep them engaged and interested while school is out. Some examples of such are these new games from Funnybone Toys:

cubu-1-250x250Cubu plays on visual illusions to confuse players as they try to follow number and color sequences. This game forces players to use both sides of their brain at the same time, which stimulates the mind in a way that you wouldn’t expect. The challenge lies in keeping up with the number, color, and position of boxes on the cards, while the key hurdle is identifying the pattern and seeing what cards you have in your hand to make your next move. The game lasts until someone reaches 100 points and is declared the winner. The instructions also offer a speed round of Cubu and alternate ways to play the game. [Read more...]

Funnybone Launches Specialty Toy and Game Line

FunnyboneFunnybone Toys has a new line of products for the specialty toy and games market that combines form, function, and minimalist design. Products in the line include Disruptus, which uses disruptive thinking to help users innovate by encouraging different ideas and approaches. Another product, Arazzles, lets players explore geometrical configurations. Each set features cards with one of five different patterns of slots that allow abstract building and design opportunities.

Funnybone’s Array is a colorful take on dominoes that utilizes multi-color cards. Special slice and splice rules allow players to use more cards in each turn. Spectrix is a fast-paced, colorful take on the classic game Rummy, in which the objective is to get rid of all the cards in one’s hand. Lastly, Cubu plays on visual illusions to confuse players as they try to follow number and color sequences. The game forces players to use both sides of their brain at the same time.

Funnybone Toys Announces New Card Sets

Three new sets of brainy card games with color–Array, Spectrix, and CUBU–by Funnybone Toys are currently being sold at museum stores, toy stores, and online sites. Created by Julien Sharp and her team, the card games are recommended for ages 8 and up.

The cards represent a link between 21st century designs and 19th century ink-paper mechanisms. The games can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, the Phoenix Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, SF Moma, Denver Art Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, High Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The games can also be purchased at Marbles Brain Store chains and Daily Gourmet. For more purchase information, visit