Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind Builder
A hide-and-go-seek game for hands!
By this age, your child may have developed object permanence — the awareness that things exist even if he can’t see them. This guessing game is a great way to reinforce this understanding.
- Have your child watch you hide a few small finger foods in one hand.
- Hold both hands closed in front of your child. Ask him to choose the hand that is holding the snack. (You may have to guide him the first time, or demonstrate with an older sibling first.)
- Be sure to express enthusiasm and encouragement whether he gets it right or wrong.
- Don’t be surprised if your child wants you to play again and again!
Older-Kid Involvement: Let baby’s siblings do the hand-hiding for a while, but be sure to monitor the first few tries so that playful snack-hiding doesn’t turn into teasing.