The Simple Joy of Peekaboo

The Simple Joy of Peekaboo

Peekaboo is often the first game we play with our babies. It's played across the world and transcends language, bringing joy to tiny faces and adults alike. It helps parents and caregivers bond with their babies, doesn't need fancy gizmos and can be played anywhere. While just a simple game, it supports baby development and learning:

It teaches object permanence; the understanding that objects (and people!) continue to exist even when they are out of sight. When a parent hides their face during peekaboo, the baby learns that the parent is still there even when they can't see them. This is an important milestone in a baby's cognitive development – normally happening at around 6-8 months old.

Peekaboo can help develop social skills by encouraging babies to interact with their caregiver. By taking turns and making eye contact, babies begin to learn simple but important skills that will help them throughout their lives.

It teaches babies humour! According to scientists, Peekaboo is believed to evoke laughter in infants because it serves as their first experience of a joke. Babies love the surprise of seeing their caregiver's face again after it has been hidden, which can lead to giggles and smiles.The game creates a brief moment of anxiety when the person disappears, which is then resolved by their reappearance; this anti-climatic effect is a similar structure to that of a joke.

Playing helps babies learn about the world. As they get older, babies may initiate a game of peekaboo themselves by briefly hiding their face and revealing it in line with the verbal response of “peekaboo”. Playing games such as this allow babies to explore their surroundings, interact with objects and people, and develop their cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills.

Our sensory muslins can be used to hide your face, or your baby's, creating a beautiful wonder-filled interaction to the simple sound of PEEKABOO!

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