I grew up watching the Pyramid game show on TV (first the $10,000 Pyramid, then $25,000, now $100,000) mostly to watch the final round when people have to list items to get their partner to guess what they have in common. (For example: an old person’s face, a Shar Pei dog, and a shirt that needs ironing = things that are wrinkled).

The same premise applies for the board game of Tri-bond where players need to find the common link between three items (Q. what do a door, wallpaper and an indecisive jury have in common?  A. they all are hung).

Sometimes the commonality is really weak and the answer elicits more of a groan than a burst of dopamine but I’m sure that my years of playing these games strengthened my “be the string” muscle that allows me to see connections between disparate items.

How can you use play to enhance one of your skills? Brain teasers help you to see outside of the box. Different board games strengthen your strategy-making skills. Other activities improve math skills while still other games develop memory techniques. This weekend, try to incorporate some play that does more than just entertain you.

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