Play With Purpose uses screen-free games to build, strengthen and develop the EMOTIONAL, AFFECTIVE, PHYSICAL, ATTENTION, LANGUAGE, SOCIAL & COGNITIVE abilities of students through innovative enrichment programs, while supporting and inspiring educators to do the same through effective professional development offerings at the national, district and local levels.

The Play With Purpose Conference is the most dynamic workshop you will ever attend as a teacher. You will be inspired, energized, motivated and reminded of why you wanted to teach! Most importantly, you will learn how to and be given the tools to transform your classroom and career through The Power of Play!

                                       Elizabeth Perth - 6th Grade Teacher

The PWP Initiative are leaders in Play-Based Learning. We host a variety of professional development workshops designed to bring The Power of Play to classrooms, schools, homes and communities across the country. Our professional development offerings are anchored by The Play With Purpose Conference, which is hosted in cities throughout the country.

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SHHH! Don't Tell Them!

Students have been in school all day. We just want our students to come in and have fun, laugh and simply have a blast with their peers - they don’t need to know that they are developing important skills that will lead them to a lifetime of success! Shhhh, don’t tell them!


We must develop our students’ cognitive abilities if we want them to succeed in the global economy. Equally important to us is their ability to be successful in their communities and within their families.

Students must have the ability to think, think independently, think creatively, know how to solve problems, make sound decisions and be able to process information quickly and efficiently.

Our programs place special emphasis on COGNITIVE PROCESSING SPEED, THINKING SKILLS and CREATIVITY. Please visit Our FOCUS page to see a complete list of skills and abilities that your students will develop, strengthen and enhance through our enrichment programs.

Founded by a teacher frustrated with today’s testing culture and approach to education, which limited his ability to help students develop critical cognitive abilities, the The PWP Initiative's student enrichment programs use SCREEN-FREE game play to help students develop these abilities in an environment that is just plain fun!

CLICK HERE to learn about our Sharp As A Tack Enrichment Programs

To bring our enrichment programs to your school call 818.857.9051 or email

DID YOU KNOW… that we are constantly creating new brain cells or neurons? Seriously, it's true – we didn’t make it up! By now, no doubt, you are aware of neurogenesis. You also probably know that the rate we create these new neuron slows with age or in the event of a traumatic event such as a stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury. BUT…

DID YOU KNOW… that we can control the rate at which neurons are created? Again, we wouldn’t make it up! In fact, this is precisely why we created our B.SHARP Game-Based Cognitive Training - to help you create new neural pathways keeping you and your loved ones happy, healthy and wise!


We are experts in screen-free game play! As such, we understand the cognitive benefits of play. We also understand that the social aspects of games plays a crucial role on the overall brain health of our clients. Our cognitive training programs incorporate the social benefits of screen-free game play to engage our clients for hours of fun and laughter to create healthy, happy brains!

Our founder, J. Pine, has extensive experience in the brain fitness industry, not only through his work with Marbles: The Brain Store, but through his work with senior homes, hospitals and his own history of head injuries, including a Traumatic Brain Injury that left him unable to walk for many months. Through these experiences and years of study, we have witnessed THE POWER OF PLAY heal and transform!

For years, we have been working with students, educators and families to help them develop the cognitive abilities that will lead to a lifetime of successes in the classroom, in the community and within their families. NOW, we are using this expertise and professional background, along with our personal experiences, to bring you B.SHARP Game-Based Cognitive Training!


Our Services

Group Training

  • Knockin’ Noggins - A unique combination of trivia, board games, brain-teasers, riddles and conundrums.
  • Family/Community Game Nights - Everybody Plays! Team Tack will host and facilitate hours of fun and laughter that is sure to be the most talked about event of the year. Each event is customized to assure age and developmentally appropriate activities, as well as optimal cognitive benefits.
  • B.SHARP Tournaments - Don’t let the competition scare you! This event is a blast for every age and ability level. We took the most popular aspect of our Family Game Nights and made a separate event out of it! TOO MUCH FUN!
  • Special Events - Once we have worked with a population, we are always asked to do more. In the name of brain fitness (Novelty, Variety and Challenge) we create customized events to engage your brain! Our B.SHARP Tournaments were one of these creations!

Small Group Training
Our small group training was developed to not only provide more targeted training and to address specific issues, but also to make sure we incorporate the crucially important social benefits of game play. Our Small Group Training is perfect for senior groups, hospital groups, stroke clubs or TBI meet-ups.

One-on-One Training
This is, obviously, our most individualized training – designed specifically for the individual needs of our clients. The One-on-One Training sessions start with an extensive Consultation (separate fee) to thoroughly understand the client's unique circumstances.

Our Consultation Service, more than likely, leads to weekly programming. When this happens, the consultation fee is absorbed into the programming fee. We understand that our services do not come cheap. Therefore, if weekly training sessions are not a result of our consultation, we make sure you walk away with a home training plan that will be sure to meet your unique needs.

For more information, Pricing or To Schedule a Consultation call 818.857.9051 or email