Don't underestimate the power of play when it comes to problem-solving.
- As we get older, the work we consistently do builds "rivers of thinking." These give us a rich knowledge of a certain kind of area.
- The problem with this, however, is that as those patterns get deeper, we get locked into them. When this happens it becomes a challenge to think differently — to break from the past and generate new ideas.
- How do we get out of this rut? One way is to bring play and game mechanics into workshops. When we approach problem-solving from a perspective of fun, we lose our fear of failure, allowing us to think boldly and overcome built patterns.
This may be more common in mammals than we'd thought.
- Sun bears imitate each other's faces during play.
- This is the first time this has been seen in non-primate, non-domesticated animals.
- They're mostly solitary, so this is likely innate, as opposed to a learned behavior.
Researchers find that toddlers verbalize and interact more with their parents when reading sessions feature print books, not tablets.
- Neurological development, educational success, social aptitude, the benefits of early reading are well-known.
- A new study finds that print books offer better communication and bonding opportunities for parents and their toddlers.
- While more Americans read print books than ebooks, they still don't make reading a priority outside of work and school.
Like sneaking veggies into dessert, these board games teach STEM, strategy, and executive functions through the joys of play.
- Many popular board games offer little more than colorful distractions, lacking both thoughtful design or quality learning principles.
- However, the recent board game renaissance has resulted in a host of new games that teach children a range of hard and soft skills through play.
- We look at some of the best new board games and offer tips to find even more.
A wealthy team doesn't automatically make for a successful team.
- Revenues for teams in the MLB, the NBA, and the NHL are boosted by wins — but not those in the NFL.
- Your favorite sports team might not be experiencing a "real" championship drought, at least compared to others.
- The average overall length of a title drought in the NFL is 61.5 years