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What are good indoor games for kids?

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CBS News, reporting on a study from Oxford University, states that good indoor games for kids include playing video games. Kids who play at least one hour of video games a day are more social, happier and less hyperactive indoors than kids who don't.

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What are good indoor games for kids?
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The Oxford University study tested 5,000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15. The study noted that it didn't matter what video-game console kids were using because the findings were the same for the Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and computer-based games.

Another study from the University of Padua found that video games can help dyslexic children improve their reading. The Italian researchers also noted that fast-paced video games improve kids' reading levels. The study examined kids between the ages of 7 and 13. The children were split into two groups: one group played the up-tempo game “Rayman Raving Rabbids,” and the other group played slower-paced games. The results showed the kids who played the fast-paced game developed longer attention spans, an important trait for reading.

A study from the University of Rochester found that playing fast-paced action games, such as “Unreal Tournament 2004” or “Call of Duty,” saw a boost in players' contrast-sensitivity function. This is one of the first visual abilities to diminish as people age.

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