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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.

Colour in the Cart

At the store

As you grocery shop, let your child help by holding some of the items. Choose the items by colour or let him/her point to the one he/she wants to hold and name the colour. “You are holding the yellow cereal box. What else is yellow?” or “Can you hold this brown box?”

Children learn best when they are interested and actively involved. When your child hears you name the colours of what he/she is holding, he/she begins to make connections between words and their meanings. This will help your child learn to talk, read, and communicate in the future.

Delicious Descriptions

At the store

When shopping with your child, point out different objects you see in the aisles. Use lots of description to talk about the taste of different foods, like, “There are some juicy, sweet oranges,” or “I bet those yellow lemons are sour!” Talk about where your child points and looks. 

You’re promoting skills like focus and self-control when you guide your child’s attention and make connections between words and what they mean. When you respond to his/her interests, whether they are expressed by a word, a sound, a point, or a look, you’re showing your child that what he/she has to "say” is important. 

Food Favourites

At the store

As you go shopping, point out some of your favourite foods to your child and see if he/she likes them: “I love yogurt, do you?” Then invite your child to point out a favorite food. Tell him/her if you like it. Play back and forth as you move down the aisles.

This game teaches your child that people have different likes and dislikes. The ability to think that someone else might feel differently about something than he/she does will help your child form better relationships with others and learn from them.