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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Peek-a-Boo, I Love You! by Trisha Roberts

Baby playing Peek a Boo

Peek-a-Boo,  “I Love You”!

Peek-a-Boo is a game that babies and adults love to play.  And if you don’t know already, it teaches great skills and affirms your love for your child! There is nothing a young child would rather see than the face of their parent or care provider. 

Covering your face or your baby’s face to ‘hide’ and then quickly uncovering your face and reappearing accompanied by the words, “Peek-a-Boo” is a classic baby game. It is simple and can be played with little or no props, yet teaches important concepts and skills and reinforces the child-parent bond.

Peek a Boo with Blanket
Peek a Boo Game with baby

When Infants are born, they have no understanding of Object Permanence. If something disappears from view, in the infant’s mind, it is gone forever!  At this stage of development (ages 1-4 months) if a child drops a toy off the edge of their highchair, they do not look for it; if it is totally concealed it ceases to exist for them.  At about the age of 4-6 months they begin to realize that just because something is out of sight, it does not mean that it is gone; if it is partially hidden, they will seek for it.  This is a great age to play Peek-a-Boo, as it reinforces this concept and brings giggles of delight to young babies.  It is one of the first games they will play. It builds social interaction, teaches anticipation, and introduces the concept of turn taking. Your baby quickly learns that they will be ‘surprised’ by the reappearance of your face and will start looking for you as soon as you are covered.

Older siblings especially love playing with the new baby using this simple game!

Brother and Baby Playing Peek a Boo

This is an entertaining and educational activity that requires no preparation or special equipment.  Take time to play with the baby in your life, be it your own, a neighbor’s child, a grandchild, or a child you babysit.  You will be developing social skills as well as a handful of other great abilities. 

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