Children learn and grow through every experience. When you talk with them, ask them questions, and offer comfort, you’re nurturing a relationship that will help children feel safe and secure to explore and learn about everything around them. By using everyday moments for learning, you’re building their brains! Explore the brain-boosting ideas in this bundle.

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    – Elmo’s Brain Games –

    Launch Elmo's Brain Games

    In this interactive, Elmo’s friends help him practice paying attention, focusing, reasoning, and building memory—skills that are like super powers for his brain! Invite kids to play along with Elmo. They’ll practice listening to instructions, staying focused even when there are distractions, remembering several-step directions, and more.

    After playing, look around your home to see if you can create your own brain games. Look for opportunities to sort, match, wait, listen, observe, and find. Remember to celebrate children’s efforts. Say, “you go, brain!”

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    – Animal Antics –

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    Acting like animals may seem like pure fun…but it actually builds creativity, language skills, and coordination! Print this page, color in the animals, and have some animal antics. Here are three ways you can play:

    • Close your eyes and point to any animal, then act like that animal together.
    • Choose an animal on this page (don’t tell anyone your choice). Now act like that animal. Can others guess which animal you choose?
    • Point to two animals on the page and act out a story about what might happen if these animals had a play date. Act out your story too.
    • Invite kids to find a certain animal in other books, pictures, or games.

    If you don’t have access to a printer, you can play just by looking at the screen together!

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    – Patience & Persistence –

    Patience and persistence are powerful skills that can help kids work through frustration and accomplish goals. You can help them build these skills using the strategies below.

    Introduce “The Power of Yet”
    Let children know that just because they can’t do something now, that does not mean they won’t ever be able to do it. Teach them the phrase, “I just can’t do it yet.” Remind them that learning something new takes time and practice. You might say, “Remember when you did not know how to button your shirt. You tried and tried and now you can do it all on your own!”

    Breathe, Think, Do
    When children have a frustrating moment, it can be difficult for them to find the tools to calm down. To help, teach them these steps:

    • Breathe: Encourage children to slowly take three deep breaths.
    • Think: Help children come up with some possible plans to solve their problem.
    • Do: Together, choose a plan and try it out. If it doesn’t work, try another.

    Embrace Mistakes
    You can help children be more persistent when you show them that mistakes are okay—in fact, they are an important part of learning. Let children see you make mistakes and stay positive after making them.