Play hide and seek

You will need:

  • Time
  • Spaces to hide that are not hazardous
  • Imagination

You can:

  • Play hide and seek with your baby. Hide your face behind your hands, then take them away and say “peek-a-boo!”
  • Ask your child to hide their eyes while you hide a toy. Next, ask your child to hide the toy while you cover your eyes and then pretend to hunt for it
  • Encourage older toddlers to hide under their blanket, behind the curtain or under a table while you count and then look for and then find them
  • Choose a spot as a ‘home base’ where the seeker stands and counts while two or more children/adults hide. The seeker then goes and finds everyone who is hiding

You can also:

  • Hide ‘treasures’ and go on a treasure hunt
  • Play ‘go home, stay home.’ Whoever is ‘it’ must try to catch everyone before they sneak back to ‘home base.’
  • Play ‘spotlight’ with your older children in the evening. The finder shines the torch on a player and they are ‘found’

Did you know:

Hide and seek can be a little scary for young children. You can help your child to understand the game by hiding a toy and finding it together. Build up slowly to independent play.

What your child is learning:

  • To anticipate what comes next
  • How to wait and be patient
  • A sense of the unknown
  • When something or someone is hidden, they or it are not ‘lost’ forever; they will come back
  • Early maths concepts, such as under, behind, before, after and counting up to 10 or 20