• Iris Windsor

Where are You? Playing Hide and Seek

Children love to play hide and seek from their earliest days but it is not just a silly game!

Playing "peekaboo"with your baby leads to searching for hidden objects and ultimately to the excitement of playing "hide and seek"

This is the process of being the "hunter" or the "hunted" without the risk of getting hurt

Playing hide-and-seek gives a child some valuable physical benefits. Exercise helps them build stamina and aids muscle development.

The real challenge is..... finding the "perfect" hiding place !!!!

There are some clear cognitive benefits to playing hiding games. Peekaboo makes them giggle but also teaches them the concept of object permanence; that things can still exist even though they might not be able to see them. Searching for objects or people encourages children to use their imagination and helps them develop problem-solving skills as they try to work out the best place to hide or find their target. They can even start to appreciate the concept of volume as they try to find the smallest hiding place they can fit into.

It also gives them an opportunity to develop their social skills as they play with others, learn to deal with conflicts between participants, take turns, and practice the other skills that will enable them to work effectively in teams.

Playing hide-and-seek gives a child some valuable physical benefits as well since the exercise helps them build stamina and aids muscle development. The challenge of getting into the perfect hiding place will help improve their balance and agility

It is also a good idea to have an organized signal for the end of the game just in case you can’t find the child who has found an ingenious hiding place or if the game has run late and it’s time to go home or back into class!!!!

So close your eyes, count to ten and, ready or not, here they come!!! To learn more about us at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach go to:https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us/

Or call us on 07 5471 6500 to arrange a tour of our beautiful Centre