Let’s Play a Game! ♟?

Board games are an informative aspect of childhood. Learning how to follow rules, work as an individual and a team player, develop strategy, and just interact with others in a competitive and fun setting.

Popularity Spike

We’ve seen a resurgence in the popularity of board games. This can be linked partially to the pandemic and the need for people to stay inside. It also has to do with what board games have to offer, skill-building opportunities, and human interaction. Board games allow kids to learn skills like teamwork and strategy in a safe environment. The environment in which these games are played also helps prompt human interaction and confrontation, as opposed to say, video games, where human interaction is very limited.

In addition to the increase in popularity, board games are also getting a facelift. More and more games are being restored and modernized. This evolving idea of what a board game can be will help keep board games relevant for younger, more digitally savvy generations.

Playing Games through the Centuries

Board games have been around almost for the entirety of humankind. Classical board games are divided into four categories of game: race games (such as Pachisi), space games (Tic-Tac-Toe), and games of displacement (Chess). The longest-running game is called The Royal Game of Ur. Still played in India, this game has been around for more than 2000 years and is even older than Backgammon, commonly referred to as the oldest board game.

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All board games, while different, also share some commonalities. Most are played on a table or other flat surface, with a game board and pieces, and obviously, they have an objective or goal that players are working towards to win.

Board games are a great reason to gather the family or classroom together for some friendly competition. As families and friends come together for the holidays, consider pulling out a game to play as a way to bring people together and of course scratch our competitive itch.

DIY Chess – 3Doodler Style

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Our DIY Doodle Challenge this week is in honor of National Board Game Day on November 19. Recreate the Queen’s Gambit for yourself with a tutorial and stencil that’ll get you creating your own unique chess set – from scratch! This project will leave you with a fully functional chess set and a board (if you need it). It’s a fun activity that will no doubt impress friends and family as you gather for some friendly competition.

Don’t forget to share your catapults and other STEM day activities with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

  

Let’s Celebrate STEAM Day!

Do your students see the connection between what they learn in school and the world around them? 3Doodler ties in real-world connections to STEM concepts in seconds.

After a full year of remote learning in 2020, it’s nice to be back in the classroom this year. Both teachers and students thrive from working together in person. Administrators and teachers know that offering a classroom environment rich in STEAM learning is critical for students’ future success. As research has shown, hands-on learning through real-world examples is such an important element when it comes to retaining information and grasping tough concepts.

Hands-on experimentation is critical for testing out new ideas. 3Doodler adds a new dimension to engineering, art, and design, by introducing unique ways to problem solve and be creative. We’ve come across some pretty unique ways that classrooms have been utilizing their 3Doodlers across the country, and today, we wanted to share a few of those highlights.

What’s Happening in the Classroom

Mrs. Rounding the Librarian at Odyssey Academy, in Rochester, NY hosted a great maker space and Mrs. Eure, a teacher at Newsome Park Elementary in Virginia, explored different ways the 3Doodler could be used in her classroom.

Mrs. Pechar, a librarian at Birchcrest Elementary, in Omaha, Nebraska, helped her students recreate an air hockey game with their 3Doodler 3D pens. Mrs. Powers, a STEAM education consultant, outside of Philadelphia, helps teachers and students in PreK-2nd grade integrate technology into the classroom. She used her 3Doodlers to add a new layer of creativity to teaching history.

Desktop Catapult: A Fun STEAM Activity for Any AgeTutorial

This week, in honor of STEM Day which we celebrated on Monday, Nov 8, we wanted to add to our ever-growing library of STEM activities by challenging you to Doodle your own real working Catapult. So, check out this week’s tutorial and take cover since things are about to start flying!

Don’t forget to share your catapults and other STEM day activities with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

 

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