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Our friends at Vroom have lots of simple activities for how on building your child’s brain.

These activities will spark a brain building interaction between you and your child that is joyful, engaging, and full of learning! Each activity is paired with an explanation that highlights the science behind the interaction to help you understand why the exchange matters.

Activities will help you to engage in interactions that are the Brain Building Basics:

1. Look

Make eye contact so you and your child are looking at each other, or share a focus of attention.

2. Follow

Take your child’s lead by responding to their sounds and actions, even before they are old enough to talk. When they do start talking, ask follow up questions like “What do you think?” or “Why did you like that?”

3. Chat

Talk about the things you see, hear, and do together, explaining what’s happening around you.

4. Stretch

Make each brain building moment longer by building upon what your child does and says.

5. Take Turns

With sounds, words, faces, and actions, go back and forth to create a conversation or a game.

  • Age Range 0 - 2
  • Age Range 0.5 - 5
  • Age Range 1 - 3
  • Age Range 2 - 5
  • Age Range 3 - 5
  • Age Range 4 - 5

About CoLab - Collaborate for Kids

CoLab's vision is that young children in Australia develop, learn and thrive so they can build a better future for themselves and their communities.

CoLab was launched in 2017 through a partnership between Telethon Kids and the Minderoo Foundation.

CoLab is made possible by Minderoo's founding commitment to ensure every Australian child gets the best possible start in life.