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Brain Building Tips

Vroom distils early learning research into bite-size activities that support children’s brain growth from birth to age five. With the backing of the Bezos Family Foundation, vroom.org was developed by a group of dedicated scientists, community leaders and trusted brands, with input from community organisations and families, early childhood experts and neuroscientists.

Babble On

Anytime Anywhere

Don’t be afraid to babble. When your child starts to make noises, treat it like a real conversation and mimic the sounds right back. See how many times you can go back and forth!

All kinds of “conversations” help to build children’s brains—even when they’re still learning how to talk. By following your child’s lead and responding, you spark the connections he/she needs for language and communication later on.

Dance Party

Anytime Anywhere

Your child may not be walking or talking yet, but with your help, they can definitely boogie. So turn on some music and hold your child as you dance around. When you sit down together, shake your arms to the music and see if your child can do the same!

Paying attention to sounds and movements is an early step in listening for sounds—a reading skill.

Peekaboo

Anytime Anywhere

Grab whatever is nearby, like a blanket, a book, or your hands, and use it to play Peekaboo with your child. First you hide behind it and then say “Peekaboo!” Next, let your child be the hider.

Peekaboo helps your child learn that you're still there, even when you're hiding. But most of all, it's fun! Your face and voice are your child’s favorite toys.

Copy Cat

Anytime Anywhere

Like you, children experience many different emotions every day. Make faces that mirror how your child seems to be feeling. Talk to him/her about why you're making those faces. “You are smiling and seem happy, and I am smiling and happy too.”

When you imitate the face that your child makes, you help him/her express what he/she thinks and feels even though he/she can't speak yet. These "conversations without words" begin to help your child learn about others’ feelings and emotions!

Words All Round

Anytime Anywhere

Your child learns best from what you say and do, so read everything you can out loud. Read signs outside, recipes, or ads in a magazine. Be sure to point! Does your child imitate any of your words or sounds? Does he/she point, too? Go back and forth with him/her, pointing and reading out loud. 

By introducing your child to different types of things to read, you help him/her make the earliest connections between written words and what they stand for. This kind of back and forth conversation, even before your child has words, is building his/her communication skills.