The importance of games
Peek-a-boo – I see you!! 2 years ago my daughter in law sent me a video of my 8 week old grandson. It was so cute watching him teasing her with Peek-a-Boo after his afternoon nap! Apparently babies are only meant to start playing Peek-a-Boo from 4 months old, but here was my grandson, playing it at 8 weeks of age!!!
Two weeks later, as we watched my grandson playing this game, grandpa and I could see how he took great delight in hiding his face from us. As he saw one of us approach his Moses basket, he turned his head towards the mattress and buried his little face…then he slowly peeked out at us with a huge grin on his face! It is now 2 years later and he still thinks this is huge fun. Being a toddler now he plays by hiding behind curtains and he laughs his head off while he is “hiding” and thinks it is hilarious when he is “found”!! I think my grandson has a very wicked sense of humour and is so very adorable, but let me not digress from the importance of playing this game of Peek-a-Boo!
So how important is Peek-a-Boo?
Have you ever stopped to think how important this timeless game might be? I hadn’t given it a thought until I saw my grandson playing it!
What the experts say
Peek-a-Boo is, apparently, one of the most popular in a baby’s repertoire. Once a baby has found a game he likes, he will probably play it over and over again – as is the case with my little grandson. Why? Well, Peek-a-Boo is thought to help babies to understand that objects can still exist even when they cannot be directly seen, heard or touched. So the baby “pundits” say that they think that Peek-a-Boo helps overcome separation anxiety once a baby has graduated to the toddler stage as the toddler will understand that although their parents are not visible, they still exist – the toddler just can’t see them (and he will, hopefully, understand that they will return).
According to the experts Peek-a-boo helps the baby’s brain to develop connections, called synapses, and by repeating the same action over and over again, whilst it may bore you as an adult, it actually helps to strengthen these newly formed synapses in the baby’s brain! Which is a good thing, as according to the experts, if not stimulated, these synapses may start to die out – yikes, horrible thought!
And here I thought Peek-a-Boo was just something that was fun to play! Now I know that all these games, played through the ages, like “this little piggy went to market…” and “round and round the garden…” all help a baby to develop certain skills. Without even knowing the science behind Peek-a-Boo, it is no wonder that parents and grandparents still love and continue playing these games with our children and grandchildren!
So carry on playing all those games you remember from your baby days – it really helps children to cope in this hectic world we live in.
Do you have any special game that you play with your little one? I’d love to hear about it in the comments box below or email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org
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