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A child's brain is a remarkable little creature forming more than a million neural connections every second when activated. Babies learn through spending time with their parents and other special people in their life. Here are some ideas to help create meaningful moments with your child. These meaningful moments, especially if they occur early in a child’s life and often, build strong brains, providing a strong foundation for their life.

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Weather Report

Relationships and communication

At bedtime, talk to your child about the weather today and what it meant for you. “Today was COLD. I wish I had worn a heavy jacket because I was outside all morning!”

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Weather Report

Relationships and communication

At bedtime, talk to your child about the weather today and what it meant for you. “Today was COLD. I wish I had worn a heavy jacket because I was outside all morning!”

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


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Peekaboo

Relationships and communication

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 them be the hider.

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Peekaboo

Relationships and communication

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 them be the hider.

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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 their favourite toys.


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Dance Party

Attention and focus

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

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Dance Party

Attention and focus

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

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


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Name That Tune

Attention and focus

Start humming a song that your child knows and have them guess what it is. If they guess wrong, start over and hum the tune again. After a few guesses, you can add in some words to the song as hints. After a few tries, let them try a tune while you guess.

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Name That Tune

Attention and focus

Start humming a song that your child knows and have them guess what it is. If they guess wrong, start over and hum the tune again. After a few guesses, you can add in some words to the song as hints. After a few tries, let them try a tune while you guess.

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This game helps your child focus and pay attention to sounds—which is important in communicating, reading, and writing—and it’s fun too!


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Ages 3-5

Would You Rather?

Taking on challenges

Ask your child questions like, “Would you rather be a bird or a fish? Why?" Have them give you a few reasons from real-life experience like, "I love the water so I want to be a fish!" Then you take a turn answering their questions!

Ages 3-5

Would You Rather?

Taking on challenges

Ask your child questions like, “Would you rather be a bird or a fish? Why?" Have them give you a few reasons from real-life experience like, "I love the water so I want to be a fish!" Then you take a turn answering their questions!

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Asking your child questions helps develop their reasoning skills—especially when you ask questions that go beyond simple “yes” or “no” answers.


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Ages 1-2

Big Hug, Little Hug

Relationships and communication

When it’s time for a hug, ask your child if they want a big hug or a little hug and then do what they ask. Then you take a turn and say whether you want a big or little hug. You can add other words, like a “wiggly hug” or a “quiet hug.”

Ages 1-2

Big Hug, Little Hug

Relationships and communication

When it’s time for a hug, ask your child if they want a big hug or a little hug and then do what they ask. Then you take a turn and say whether you want a big or little hug. You can add other words, like a “wiggly hug” or a “quiet hug.”

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The sense of touch is calming and comforting to your child. These hugs not only make your relationship stronger, they also allow you to share new words and concepts with them, like big and little.


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Ages 2-4

Silly Speech

Taking on challenges

Invite your child to choose a word and explore different ways to say it together: use a high voice, a low voice, a loud voice, a soft voice, speak slowly, or speak fast. Have fun and keep it going back and forth! Try having a conversation or telling a story while you play Silly Speech.

Ages 2-4

Silly Speech

Taking on challenges

Invite your child to choose a word and explore different ways to say it together: use a high voice, a low voice, a loud voice, a soft voice, speak slowly, or speak fast. Have fun and keep it going back and forth! Try having a conversation or telling a story while you play Silly Speech.

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Playing with word sounds is not only fun, it provides a foundation for your child’s language and literacy learning. As they explore different ways to use their voice, they're paying attention and thinking flexibly, a skill that enables them to come up with new creative ideas.


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Ages 1-2

The Power of Pointing

Taking on challenges

When your child points at something, talk back and forth about what they notice like, “You see the big truck!” Then you can take a turn to point something out to them and say what you see. Do they turn to look at it? Do they point or name the object?

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The Power of Pointing

Taking on challenges

When your child points at something, talk back and forth about what they notice like, “You see the big truck!” Then you can take a turn to point something out to them and say what you see. Do they turn to look at it? Do they point or name the object?

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Your child learns to communicate when you respond to their movements and sounds and encourage them to reply. You support their desire to learn more about the world and motivate them to continue to be curious and explore. These are essential qualities for learning.


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Ages 3-5

Memory Book

Relationships and communication

The next time you come back from visiting your family, invite your child to help you make a memory book using one or more photos from your visit. Write the words they use to describe what’s happening in the pictures.

Ages 3-5

Memory Book

Relationships and communication

The next time you come back from visiting your family, invite your child to help you make a memory book using one or more photos from your visit. Write the words they use to describe what’s happening in the pictures.

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When you write down your child’s words after a family visit, they make connections between their real experiences, photos, and their words. They use their working memory to remember details of the visit and their communication skills to describe what happened.


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Every time we connect with young children, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains, too. A global program of the Bezos Family Foundation, Vroom(R) helps parents boost their child’s learning during the time they already spend together. Vroom believes all parents want what’s best for their children. So we joined with scientists, researchers, and parents to take the science out of the lab and put it in the hands of caregivers. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments(TM). Since 2015, Vroom has grown to impact nearly 1,500,000 families in 37 US states and 6 countries around the world. Learn more at Vroom.org.

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