Learn more about a game you most likely are already doing with your child! It is both fun and educational!
The purpose of peek-a-boo is to interact with your child in a fun way! More importantly, this social game teaches object permanence, cause and effect, and early social skills.
It also targets the following milestones:
The classic way to play peek-a-boo is one person hides their face with their hands and upon opening their hands, he or she says "peek a boo." It is that simple!
However, there is more to it than that and I will cover that here.
First: You need to get your child's attention. Some children respond immediately to this game but some don't. If your child falls into the "some don't" category, try to use a funny voice or make funny noises. If this doesn't work, you may have to tickle or kiss your child when saying "peek a boo."
Second: Another goal is to have your child "expect" your response. Therefore, you need to try to build up suspense in between "peek a boos." You can accomplish this by delaying or varying your time in between "peek a boos." Once your child becomes an expert at this game, you can even wait to say "peek a boo" until your child gives you a sign such as a giggle, pointing, or grunting.
Third: As your child progresses, see if you can switch roles with your child. Your child does any sort of "peek a boo" and you laugh. Their "peek a boo" could be using a hand to hide, blanket, or even closing their eyes.
My son is the king of variations. He likes everything with a twist. Plain ole Peek A Boo just wouldn't do. Here are some of my variations and why: