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How Play Increases Concentration and Focus

What’s the attention span of a goldfish? What’s yours? According to a Microsoft study, a goldfish averages nine seconds, one second longer than the average human. Not so long ago – at the turn of this century – the average human attention span was 12 seconds. Not long, but longer than a goldfish. Our waning ability to concentrate causes problems for children and adults alike. When we’re inattentive, our productivity suffers: tasks take longer, we make more mistakes, become frustrated and stressed out. What are we to do?

Play more. While engaged in play we naturally pay attention. We’re concentrating on an activity that gives us pleasure. We’re in the present, oblivious to time, not easily distracted. Relaxed and confident, we’re apt to take glitches in stride, assess the situation, and apply our creativity to finding solutions.

Play is recreation, an activity we choose to do for the pleasure we derive from doing it. Play relieves stress, giving us a fresh perspective and  renewed focus. Play is essential for everyone, at every age. Playing games is a traditional pastime adults and children can enjoy together.

Find It, a series of thematic games designed for players six years old and up, requires players to search for objects hidden among plastic pellets in a cylinder. These intergenerational “contained adventures” both require and reward concentration and focus.

The top cap of each game lists the objects hidden in the cylinder. An enclosed guide assigns a point value to each object: one point for the easiest to find and 20 for the often elusive penny hidden inside every Find It.

A pack of double-sided playing cards expands play possibilities for two or more players. Finding objects is the aim of the game, whether played alone or with others, cooperatively or competitively.

Find It game about mythical creaturesConsider Mythical Creatures with 40 hidden objects. What better way for a child to learn about folk tales and supernatural beings from around the world than with a favorite adult who might know what’s what? Some objects will be familiar, but expect to be baffled and have to search for answers.

Otherwise, when you see the word hippocampus, you might think of the region of our brain thought responsible for emotions and memory. That’s true, but you’re looking for a fish-tailed horse from Greek Mythology. The fun is in finding out who’s who and what’s what. While concentrating on finding out about the Jersey Devil, a kraken, or a troll or taking note of the similarities and differences between a hippocampus and a manticore, you’ll feel more relaxed.

Play is essential. We learn while playing. Play more. Stress less. Pay attention. Concentrate. Focus. Thrive.

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