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Every day is filled with fun ways to build your child’s brain.

Brain Building Basics

Vroom is about creating brain building moments. The good news is, the time you have is all you need to be a brain builder. Take a look at the basic ways you can make it happen:

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Our Vroom Activities

During mealtime, bath time and any time in your daily routine, there are easy ways to nurture your child’s growing mind. Below are a few examples. Browse through and flip the cards over for the brain building science behind them. You can also download a PDF of Vroom worksheets for every age!

  • Suggested Age Range

    6 months - 2 years

    Anytime

    Flip The Switch

    Before leaving the house today, let your child be the one to turn off the lights. Help them flip all the switches and talk about how their actions turn the lights off for darkness and on for light.

    Suggested Age Range

    6 months - 2 years

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    Flip The Switch

    This game teaches your child about cause and effect. When one of you hits the switch, your child will observe how the lights turn off and on. Have a conversation about what is happening so they learn some new words too.

  • Suggested Age Range

    4 - 5 years

    At the Store

    List Master

    When you’re out running errands, put your child in charge of the list. Have them help you list out a few things you guys have to do that day. When you finish each task, cross it off the list together!

    Suggested Age Range

    4 - 5 years

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    List Master

    When you make a list and cross things off the list together, it helps your child learn that written words represent real-world activities.

  • Suggested Age Range

    0 - 18 months

    Meal Time

    Feeding Memories

    When breastfeeding or giving your child a bottle, use that time to tell them a story of something happy you remember from your childhood. When your child has finished eating and responds to your voice, respond by making the same sound back to them.

    Suggested Age Range

    0 - 18 months

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    Feeding Memories

    Your voice is your child's favorite sound. Even though they can't say words yet, they’re listening and learning what sounds go together in words, which is an important foundation for language later on.

  • Suggested Age Range

    3 - 5 years

    On the Go

    Imagination Station

    When you’re waiting at a stoplight or on the subway, make up a story about someone across the street or on the opposite platform. Where is the woman in the hat going? What will she do when she gets there? Try to elaborate on your child’s ideas.

    Suggested Age Range

    3 - 5 years

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    Imagination Station

    When you are telling stories, have your child think about how the character in the story might think and feel. This will help your child learn how to see other people’s perspectives. It’s a valuable skill that we all use everyday, adults and children!

  • Suggested Age Range

    2 - 5 years

    Getting Dressed

    Pocket Cleaners

    Let your child help you empty your pockets at night. Take out the items that are safe to share with them, one at a time. As you do, tell your child about your day and where the item came from. For example, “This card is how I get on the bus to go to work.”

    Suggested Age Range

    2 - 5 years

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    Pocket Cleaners

    Children love to hear about adults' days— especially the good things that happen. By sharing stories, you are helping your child learn about your world and building his/her vocabulary too!

  • Suggested Age Range

    4 - 5 years

    Laundry Time

    Sock Sorters

    When you're doing laundry, have your child help you match the socks. Ask them to help you match them by size. Then change the rules and ask them to match them by color. Have a back and forth conversation about what you are doing.

    Suggested Age Range

    4 - 5 years

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    Sock Sorters

    Grouping objects into categories helps your child understand the world around them. When you ask your child to change the rules of a game (from colors to sizes), you are helping them think flexibly and not to go on auto-pilot.

  • Suggested Age Range

    3 - 5 years

    At the Park

    In the Real World

    When you’re out and about, point out things that you and your child have read about in books or seen in your child’s favorite show. For example,“That backpack looks like the one Dora wears!” Or “That train makes sounds like Thomas the Train!”

    Suggested Age Range

    3 - 5 years

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    In the Real World

    This game helps your child understand symbols because they can see how the things in books or on TV are representations of real life.

  • Suggested Age Range

    4 - 5 years

    Anytime

    Copy Cat

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

    Suggested Age Range

    4 - 5 years

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    Copy Cat

    When you imitate the face that your child is making, you're helping them express what they are thinking and feeling even though they can't speak yet. These “conversations without words” begin to help your child learn about others' feelings and emotions!

  • Suggested Age Range

    0 - 2 years

    Out and About

    Weather Report

    When you come home, talk to your child about the weather today and what it meant for you. “Today was COLD. I wish I wore a heavy jacket because I was outside all morning!”

    Suggested Age Range

    0 - 2 years

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    Weather Report

    Talking about everyday activities helps build children's vocabulary, communication skills, and their brains!

If you wish to share these Vroom activities with others, please do not alter or edit them in any way. In order to preserve scientific accuracy, Vroom activities should always appear verbatim, exactly as they are written here, and in their entirety, including the brainy backgrounds. If these activities are shared, Vroom acknowledgement and attribution is requested and appreciated.

Your Vroom Activities

The scientists behind Vroom study the brain, but you have the practice! If there are fun ways you’re already engaging and connecting with your child, please share with us!

What do your brain building moments look like? Enter your idea here or submit through social media. Your brain building activity could inspire your whole community—and one day you may find it featured on the Vroom website or mobile app.

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Daily Vroom App

We’ve created an app that makes it easy to access fun Vroom activities any time to make the most of these precious years when the foundation for all future learning is happening. Daily Vroom enhances the things you already do and helps spark new ideas!

Get a peek at how it works by watching our Daily Vroom video, and then download the free app to your smartphone for daily brain building fun on the go.

  • Daily Vroom is an app that helps busy parents make the most of the time they have. Turn fun, everyday moments into brain building moments.

  • Whether you’re sharing a snack, doing laundry or out and about, you can find a Vroom brain building moment.

  • You can share every Vroom moment and every badge you earn with all of your friends and family.

Vroom Tools

We are excited to announce the publication of the Vroom playbook, filled with information and best practices for bringing Vroom to your own community.

To access the Vroom playbook, as well as other Vroom materials and tools, visit our Dropbox™ folder. Everything in our Dropbox™ folder is free for you to print and use in your community.