Peek-a-Boo

Peek-a-boo is a terrific way to help your baby learn that even if he or she cannot see you, yet can hear you, that you are still there. Object permanence is something babies need to develop and playing simple peek-a-boo games is one way to help them.

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It’s simple to play peek-a-boo–just cover your baby’s eyes and then uncover them. You can even play peek-a-boo with laundry. If you are folding some, just hide behind a piece and swiftly remove it saying “Peek-a-boo! I see you!” Or you can hide a toy that makes noise behind you. Let the toy make its noise and then bring it back out, showing your little one that it was there all along.

But, are you looking to add something more to your little peek-a-boo games? Look no further! I’ve complied a number of little peek-a-boo games here. All of these games combine peek-a-boo with rhymes and songs. So not only are you helping your child develop object permanence, but you are also helping your baby learn language. A win-win!

You can simply use your hands to cover the baby’s eyes, or you can use a washcloth, scarf or blanket. If your baby is old enough to touch the body parts mentioned on cue or can pull their hands or a cloth from their eyes, then you can play along with them, modeling the behavior for them.

Tick-Tock

Tick-tock, tick-tock, I’m a little cuckoo-clock. (clap baby’s hands together)

Tick-tock, tick-tock, now it’s almost one-o-clock. (clap baby’s hands together, then make a one with your finger…swiftly cover baby’s eyes)

Cuckoo! (lift blanket/washcloth/hands off baby’s eyes)

Repeat for however many “co-locks” you want to do!

 

Boo! It’s Me!

Peek-a-boo, baby (cover baby’s eyes)

Look and see.

One, two, three.

Boo! It’s me! (uncover eyes)

 

Where is Baby?

(tune of “Are You Sleeping?”)

Where is baby? Where is baby? (cover baby’s eyes with hand or blanket)

There he is! There he is! (uncover baby’s eyes)

I am glad to see you! I am glad to see you! (smile and point at baby)

Peek-a-boo! I see you! (quickly cover baby’s eyes and uncover)

 

Baby’s Game

Touch your ears, pat your nose, (touch baby’s ears then nose)

Tickle baby’s little toes. (tickle baby’s toes)

Hide your eyes. (cover baby’s eyes)

Where are you?

Baby’s playing peek-a-boo! (uncover eyes)

 

Rain is Falling Down

This lullaby-song/peek-a-boo is from the ladies of Jbrary. Click here to see it in action!

Rain is falling down, splash! (crawl fingers down baby’s arm, then pat foot)

Rain is falling down, splash! (crawl fingers down baby’s arm, then pat foot)

Rain is falling down, splash! (crawl fingers down baby’s arm, then pat foot)

Pitter, patter, pitter, patter. (crawl fingers across baby’s chest/neck area)

Rain is falling down, splash! (crawl fingers down baby’s arm, then pat foot)

Sun is peeking out, peek! (cover eyes then on “peek” uncover eyes)

Sun is peeking out, peek! (cover eyes then on “peek” uncover eyes)

Sun is peeking out, peek! (cover eyes then on “peek” uncover eyes)

A peek here, a peek there. (quickly cover and uncover eyes)

Sun is peeking out, peek! (cover eyes then on “peek” uncover eyes)


What peek-a-boo games do you do with your little ones?

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