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8131693886?profile=RESIZE_400xWe may be a little late for Halloween, but the ideas in No Tricks, Some Treats, All Fun: Top 5 Fall Activities for Toddlers, by Zero-to-Three, can be adapted for use throughout November and into December. “Apple Taste Off” works any time this season. “Ghost Painting” may need a new name, but the “Fall Sensory Bin” is sure to be a hit any time. “Seek a Treat” can become a scavenger hunt for fun and festive fall items, which is especially exciting to do in a dimly lit room with a flashlight. “Ghostbusters!” could become a turkey hunt as you catch your gobbling friends and use them to decorate your space. Check out this resource and let us know in the comments below what adaptations you might make. It’s always good to share ideas with parents that they can make their own.

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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Vroom: A Site to Help Build Your Baby's Brain

Today’s blog post highlights Vroom an interactive website that provides parents and caregivers with ways to boost early learning. Vroom says, “Great moments are all around you in the things you already do . . . to help build your baby’s brain.” This site offers pages and pages of “easy ways to nurture your child’s growing mind,” including more than two dozen ideas aimed at children ages birth to three. The site focuses on “brain building moments,” and Vroom says, “The time you have is all (the time) you need to be a brain builder.”

Vroom also asks visitors to share “fun ways you’re already engaging and connecting with your child.” Viewers can enter ideas on the Vroom site or through various social media platforms.

Even better, there’s a smart phone app, called Daily Vroom, 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.”

Click here to watch a short video on Vroom’s Brain Build

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