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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.

Sound Off

At an appointment

Turn waiting for an appointment into a Sound Off. Make different sounds like a whisper, peep, ding, or roar. Pause after each sound so your child can respond. Does he/she smile? Look at you? Make a sound himself/herself? Try a new sound. Keep going back and forth!

This back and forth conversation with sounds gives your child practice listening and helps him/her learn to notice differences in sounds, the foundation for language development and communicating with others. 

 

In The Bag

At an appointment

Before you go to an appointment, grab some safe things for your child to play with and put them in a bag. While you’re waiting, reach into the bag and talk about what you find. “This is a teething ring for you to chew on. Here’s a rattle for you to hold. Let’s shake it!”

Talking about what’s In the Bag is interesting to your child and will help him/her build his/her vocabulary and his/her brain. Speak in full sentences. It's okay to use words that your child doesn't know yet. That's how he/she learns!

 

Shhh, What's That?

At an appointment

Do you hear a sound in the waiting room? Pause. Ask your child, “What's that sound?” Take turns guessing. Are you hearing a slamming door or papers rustling? The squeak of a sliding chair or someone clearing his or her throat? Name them all together! 

You are inviting your child to focus on hearing the differences in sounds. This is an important skill for enjoying and learning language so he/she can communicate with others.