I thought it was time to share with you one of my absolute FAVORITE rewards to use in my VIPKid classroom. This can be used with most students, although my upper-level students seem to enjoy it the most. It’s called BRAINBOX and some of you might even have it in your game cupboard already! Keep scrolling to find out how I use Brainbox as a VIPKid reward!

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Brainbox is a series of games that challenge your memory skills! The traditional way to play this game is to show the player a card for ten seconds, allowing him/her to memorize as many details on the card as possible. After time is up, he/she rolls a die to determine which of six questions to answer.

These questions are about small details from the card. For example, “What color is the dog’s collar?”

This game is super fun, which is why our family already had it in our game cupboard. But one day I realized that, with a few tweaks, this would be a fun game for my VIPKid students to play as a reward.


When I use Brainbox as a VIPKid reward, I choose a card with vocabulary that the student already knows (with room for some extension). After giving the student his first star, I hold up the card to the camera and give him ten seconds to look. Depending on the level, I will either read the words to the student or have him read the words to me.

I write the numbers 1-6 on a whiteboard (or use my FAS covers) and have him choose which question he would like to answer. You could also roll a die, but I prefer to streamline the process. Then I ask him that question and make a big deal about his awesome memory when he gets it right. (The students love this!)

If he has trouble with it, I give him hints or let him look at the card again.

If he gets the answer right, I hold the card up to confirm his correct answer. This also gives him more exposure to the card because I don’t give him additional chances to look at the card for ten seconds. For example, with the second star, I will just have him choose a question number; I won’t hold up the card again.


There are COUNTLESS ways that you can use Brainbox to extend your lesson content. Here are just a few:

  • Encourage the student to answer in complete sentences.
  • Incorporate your lesson vocabulary into additional questions. For example, after talking about the strawberry on a card, you could ask “How does the strawberry taste?” if they are in the Level Three food unit (“It tastes delicious.”)
  • Have the student ask YOU a question based on something they remember from the card.
  • Have them spell the words on the card.


There are SO many different versions of Brainbox that it can be overwhelming to choose one. I’m really not here to bust anyone’s budget, so I would suggest sticking with one of the more common boxes that could be used for most students. Here are some of my recommendations:

I love that this Brainbox is just pictures. The questions are simple and the card doesn’t have a ton of stuff to memorize. This would be a great option for younger students. It would also be fun to ask the student to name the items in the picture, since the words aren’t provided!

You could use these simple cards as props, too! For example, the card with the different sports equipment could be used as a prop when asking “What is your favorite sport?” during class.

This is the Brainbox that I use in my class (and it is one of the least expensive Brainbox options on Amazon). I like that each card focuses on one phonics sound; there are individual letters as well as blends and diphthongs. You can choose a card to correspond with the phonics in your lessons!

The pictures are labeled, so you could have the student read and/or spell the words.

This is another awesome Brainbox option, as it focuses on one aspect of English grammar for each card. I definitely have my eye on this set!

If you would rather check out all of the different versions yourself, just click this link to see what Amazon has to offer!

So that’s BrainBox! Let me know in the comments below if you use this in your classroom. I’d love to hear from you!