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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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Skin Sensations

Responding to emotions

Talk to your child about how things feel on their skin: “Your shirt is soft.” “The wind is cold.” “The ice cube is slippery.” See how they react and continue the conversation: “You like the warm water in your bath!”

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Skin Sensations

Responding to emotions

Talk to your child about how things feel on their skin: “Your shirt is soft.” “The wind is cold.” “The ice cube is slippery.” See how they react and continue the conversation: “You like the warm water in your bath!”

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When you talk back and forth with your child about how things feel on their skin, you're introducing them to new words and feelings. This helps make new connections, which are the foundation for learning to use these words themselves in the future.


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Fill in the Blank

Taking on challenges

Fill in the blanks to make up a story: “We're going to ___. When we get there we'll see ___.” As your child gets in the rhythm, take turns going back and forth. Is your story realistic? Make believe? There is no right or wrong, just have fun!

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Fill in the Blank

Taking on challenges

Fill in the blanks to make up a story: “We're going to ___. When we get there we'll see ___.” As your child gets in the rhythm, take turns going back and forth. Is your story realistic? Make believe? There is no right or wrong, just have fun!

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Creating a fill-in-the-blanks story means your child is thinking and cannot go on automatic pilot. They have to shift their thinking to respond to an unpredictable and changing story line. Thinking in flexible ways encourages problem solving skills.


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Tomorrow Talk

Planning and routines

Today’s the perfect time to talk to your child about tomorrow. Find out what they hope tomorrow has in store for them: “If you could do anything tomorrow, what would you most want to do? What next?" It’s a good way to learn about their hopes for the future.

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Tomorrow Talk

Planning and routines

Today’s the perfect time to talk to your child about tomorrow. Find out what they hope tomorrow has in store for them: “If you could do anything tomorrow, what would you most want to do? What next?" It’s a good way to learn about their hopes for the future.

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Asking your child to think about the future helps them make predictions and think flexibly. These types of questions also allow them to make up their own answers, encouraging them to be creative.


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Daily Discoveries

Taking on challenges

What is your child doing? Reaching for a toy? Hitting two blocks together to make a sound? As they discover their world, pay attention, smile, and use words that they will learn someday: “You reached out your fingers and got your toy.”

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Daily Discoveries

Taking on challenges

What is your child doing? Reaching for a toy? Hitting two blocks together to make a sound? As they discover their world, pay attention, smile, and use words that they will learn someday: “You reached out your fingers and got your toy.”

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When you pay attention to what your child does and share their delight in doing and learning, you start them on the path to become a lifelong learner.


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Playtime Poems

Attention and focus

When your child makes a sound, turn it into a rhyme. If they say “Eee,” say, “Eee rhymes with WE and we are together.” How many funny poems can you make with the sounds they are making? It is fun for them and helps them listen to sounds.

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Playtime Poems

Attention and focus

When your child makes a sound, turn it into a rhyme. If they say “Eee,” say, “Eee rhymes with WE and we are together.” How many funny poems can you make with the sounds they are making? It is fun for them and helps them listen to sounds.

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Your child is a natural learner. When you watch what they're doing and follow their lead, you can begin to build their learning by adding your ideas. When they're responded to, their brain is active, which increases learning.


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Share a Stare

Relationships and communication

As you hold your child and look into each other’s eyes, make a silly face or sound. How do they respond? With twinkly eyes? A smile? A laugh? Try it again but do something different. This is the beginning of a lifetime of laughs to share together.

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Share a Stare

Relationships and communication

As you hold your child and look into each other’s eyes, make a silly face or sound. How do they respond? With twinkly eyes? A smile? A laugh? Try it again but do something different. This is the beginning of a lifetime of laughs to share together.

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This back and forth game of sharing a laugh is anything but silly. It is an important building block in your child’s ability to enjoy and communicate with other people. It also deepens your relationship with one another—and it’s fun!


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Sound Searchers

Attention and focus

Pay attention to the sounds you're hearing and talk about them with your child. “I hear a bird tweeting. Do you?” Try to find the bird. Do this with fire trucks or cars going “vroom!” Pay attention to what they're listening to and ask them, “What do you hear?”

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Sound Searchers

Attention and focus

Pay attention to the sounds you're hearing and talk about them with your child. “I hear a bird tweeting. Do you?” Try to find the bird. Do this with fire trucks or cars going “vroom!” Pay attention to what they're listening to and ask them, “What do you hear?”

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Children learn through their senses and through games like Sound Searchers. Using words about the sounds you're hearing helps your child begin to listen to the differences in sounds and the words that describe them.


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Super Secret Handshake

Planning and routines

Invent a super secret handshake for you and your child. Take turns adding a step (like shaking twice). Repeat it until you both have it down. Now change one of the steps. How do they respond? Go back and forth between the new and old way.

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Super Secret Handshake

Planning and routines

Invent a super secret handshake for you and your child. Take turns adding a step (like shaking twice). Repeat it until you both have it down. Now change one of the steps. How do they respond? Go back and forth between the new and old way.

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Creating and learning a super secret handshake helps your child remember and do what is needed to achieve a goal. This is a big step in learning self-control.


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Sing Talk

Taking on challenges

Instead of talking as usual, try singing in a different voice. For example, it's very funny to sing about getting dressed. Sing, “I'm sliding on my shirt, jumping in my pants,” in a low voice. You and your child can use familiar tunes and make up your own words.

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Sing Talk

Taking on challenges

Instead of talking as usual, try singing in a different voice. For example, it's very funny to sing about getting dressed. Sing, “I'm sliding on my shirt, jumping in my pants,” in a low voice. You and your child can use familiar tunes and make up your own words.

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When you're having fun, it's likely your child will be having fun too. When you put new words into tunes and describe what you're doing, you're helping them make new and unusual connections. These types of connections promote creativity.


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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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