Baby Shell Game

Duration: any

Age: baby, toddler, parent

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Mind Builder

summary:

A new twist on an old guessing game.

This activity enhances baby’s understanding of object permanence, the concept that things exist even if she can’t see them.

  • Place three plastic cups upside down on a surface in front of your child.
  • Put a small rubber ball or other toy underneath one of the cups.
  • Tilt the cup slightly so that baby can see where the ball is, and conceal it again.
  • Ask, “Where is the ball?”
  • Reward her with lots of praise when she selects the right one.

Variation: Once baby gets good at this game, you can up the ante by slowly shuffling the cups around to see if she can follow the ball.

Variation: Once baby gets good at this game, you can up the ante by slowly shuffling the cups around to see if she can follow the ball.