PeekaBoo - more then just a game...
The most famous game to play with baby's and toddlers is probably 'peek a boo'. Everybody can play it, in every kind of situation! Be prepared though that the playing of the game can "disturb" others, while it causes lots of laughter and fun!
Peek a boo teaches baby and toddler the concept of "object permanence" in a fun way. This means that objects out of sight, are still existing and can be found, an important cognitive lesson for baby. In times of separations from loved ones, the 'peek a boo' - game helps small children to understand that:
A 'goodbye' is the same as a 'I will always come back to you'.
I have collected some variations of the game:
All variations have been played during the 'mommy&me' - playtime (2-4 years old) or during my physical education - time with preschoolers (4-6-years old).
Behind a transparent scarf.
Peeking and crawling under a large bedsheet - What will be on the other side?
Covering head, feet or hands. Calling out for them and in doing so learning the names of the different bodyparts.
The best part is finding them back!
When children grow up the 'peek a boo' - game turns in to 'hide and seek', a game that helps children to transform adrenaline (a stress hormone) into the ability of increasing their concentration skills and to improve their attention span. A great easy learning experience!
Using your hands as hiding-tools. So you can listen to the world around you. (pic by Frieda Bakker)
"Don't open your eyes mommy's untill the song stops". Children are definitely ruling this game!
Making large "wings" or a tent, like a secret hiding place. Get in or under it together, then count to three : "BOO"!
Songs to sing and do in 'Peek a Boo' for baby or child
You've might also like:
> Article: 'Play the slow way - becoming one with our children'
> Blog : 'Handplay - peek a boo'.
> Blog : 'Listen to the world - game'.
> Foto gallery : 'Babyplay'.
- Angelique Felix, 'Spelend in Beweging' - bewegen met peuters en kleuters. (a handbook of movement activities)
- Jean Piaget's "Object permanence - theory".
- J.S. Bruner 's theory "Peek a Boo and the learning of role structures".
- Marianne Torbert, Lynne Schneider, 'Follow me too' - a handbook of movement activities for 3 - 5 year old.
- Teach Preschool by D. J. Stewart. (website)
- Dick Bruna 'Waar is nijntje'. (baby book)
- Clavis, 'Jop en Boeboe'. (children's book)