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Game Design Contest
By Marbles Brain Workshop
5/24/2014 1:38:00 AM  
Marbles was founded on the idea that games should be both fun and brain beneficial. Whether they enhance mental processes or increase physical coordination, we are always on the lookout for new mind-boggling ideas. And that's where you come in.   Pattern Game Challenge! Think you’ve got what it takes to create the next great brain game? Now you have the chance to design that great idea you’ve been holding onto for so long. Take a shot at designing a game for Marbles: The Read More

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Brain Workshop: Four Square Kit with a Wonky Bit
By Austin Call
3/13/2013 1:14:00 PM  
Back when you were a kid, you didn't need iThingamijigs to keep you entertained. You were quite content spending an entire Saturday afternoon playing Four Square with your friends (or at least my friends and I were). If anyone told you that one day you'd be zealously "checking in" to trendy restaurants on a mobile app of the same name, you would've laughed them off the playground. Here in the Workshop we've decided to bring Four Square back to the pavement. From my research, Four Square has no Read More

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Categories: From the Brain Workshop, Visual Perception, Coordination
Wordy Word Is Here!
By Paulette
10/15/2012 11:10:00 AM  
We've been waiting for many months for this baby to arrive. Wordy Word is one of the first word skills games created by our Brain Workshop. Wordy Word is a fast-paced, high pressure word game that calls on you to think of words in a split second to stump your opponents. And on your team's turn, you have to give clues to get your team to guess the words in play. Players are split into two teams and during a round each team comes up with five words based on the dice and the positioning of the squa Read More

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A New Twist on the Puzzle (Literally)
By Chrissy
10/8/2012 9:00:00 AM  
We know that puzzles are good for strengthening the organization, fine motor tasks, and visualization areas of the brain. Many studies have found that people who exercise their mind with jigsaw puzzles may have a smaller chance of being affected by Alzheimer's, memory loss, or dementia. These major health benefits inspired the Marbles Brain Workshop to find a fresh new way to put a puzzle together. smART Puzzles, our new Marbles original puzzle series, literally puts a new twist on the idea of t Read More

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Fiddlesticks!
By Chrissy
9/19/2012 2:03:00 PM  
Our hands and brains share a very special relationship. They are constantly talking to one another, whether we realize it or not. Our hands are happiest when they can deliver information for our super computer brains to process. Next time you are working on a task that requires your undivided attention, take notice to what your hands are up to. Are they tapping a pen, drumming on your desk, or making masterful doodles? Giving your hands something to do allows the brain to focus its energy on the Read More

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Introducing Skippity Do
By Paulette
9/4/2012 9:00:00 AM  
Our Brain Workshop crew creates some cool, brainy board games and puzzles for our store. But they are also careful not to neglect physical activity and coordination, which are just as important to brain fitness as maintaining memory and developing critical thinking skills.     If you're not familiar with Chinese jump rope, let me give you a quick description: Two players (the Enders) stand a few feet apart, facing each other while keeping tension on the rope with their ankles. The En Read More

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What was your favorite outdoor game?
By Chrissy
8/16/2012 3:26:00 PM  
We've been doing a lot of reminiscing here in the brain workshop lately. It seems that some of the best childhood games make the best games for grown-ups too! So what was your favorite game to play as a youngster? Austin loved 4 square, for Scott it was tetherball, while my personal favorite was a gym class game called "Clean Out Your Own Backyard". These games and activities have entertained kids for generations and as we get ready to begin development on our 2013 Marbles brand projects, we ar Read More

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Braindrops and Brain Cubes
By Marbles Blog
3/1/2012 9:46:00 PM  
Calling all Rubik's Cube fans! Come one, come all for the very first Brain Cube a game not of color-coordination but of sensory perception. This Cube will work your somatosensory system as you arrange the gyri (ridges) and sulci (grooves) toward a perfectly ridged brain. It may sound like a daunting task considering there are upwards of fourty-three quintillion arrangements of the tradition 3x3x3 cube but realize that you will be exposing your brain to new ways of recognizing patterns and tactil Read More

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