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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.

Lid Match

Playtime

Find containers around the house with different covers, like a pot and a lid, a shoebox and its top, and an empty plastic bottle with a cap. Encourage your child to match the lids with the containers and then to try putting the tops on and taking them off again. As he/she gets better at matching, give him/her more lids and containers. 

When your child works to match lids and containers, he/she is focusing, tuning out distractions, and using what he/she already knows to make connections and problem solve. You help your child build these skills when you encourage him/her to test out ideas and come up with his/her own answers. 

Slow Dance

Playtime

Play your favorite slow song and hold your child while you dance together. How does he/she respond to the feeling of dancing? What about the sound of the music? Respond to what he/she does. Laugh if he/she laughs! Enjoy this special moment. 

Dancing together is a back and forth conversation—using movement not words—that deepens the connection between you two. It also allows your child to use his/her senses—hearing, touch, sound, sight—his/her primary way of learning about the world at this age.