Part of the Holiday Chicago Toy and Game Fair
Below is What Happened in 2022 on December 10th
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2022 Play in Education Conference
From games to manipulatives, learning-based play has an unmistakably
large impact in the classroom. In addition to great content, participants will receive:
Free entry for you and your family to the Fair
Gift from ThinkFun - worth over $100!
2022 Keynote: We're in a Youth Mental Crisis
Rachele Harmuth, Head of ThinkFun division of Ravensburger
Topic: M.E.S.H., A Topic So Important, We're Focusing on it Alone!
Rachele Harmuth, Head of ThinkFun at Ravensberger, Dives Into Parents and Educators Top Concern
Kids are struggling with their mental health and parents are worried. This is the consensus of conversations that have been happening around the country between multitudes of retailers and parents. Rachele Harmuth, the new Head of ThinkFun, heard this consistently as she and her team were researching what were the primary needs of the current marketplace. “Clearly there is a major unmet need around kid’s mental health that is consuming parents and educators. They were turning to toy retailers for help, but beyond toys that provide comfort like stuffed animals and fidgets retailers weren’t sure what to suggest. It isn’t currently clear what products would build mental health skills for the future. We knew we needed to really dig in and understand the situation.” Rachele Harmuth
The statistics are truly concerning. For example, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of children had “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” in 2022. Further, 71% of parents believe that the pandemic has taken a toll on their child’s mental health. Parents are spending increasing time and resources trying to figure out if their kids are ok, and working to protect them. And, according to a report from the National Association of Mental Illness, 89% of parents are more concerned about their child’s mental health than their academic achievement. READ MORE...