Let's Play! Hide and Peek & Clap, Clap Your Hands

Let's Play! Hide and Peek & Clap, Clap Your Hands

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Hide & Peek

This simple tent game is great fun and very reassuring for babies just beginning to understand that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind.

Appropriate for: 7 to 15 months
Skills developed: Understanding of object permanence
What you'll need: Two chairs and a long tablecloth, sheet, or blanket

Throw a large blanket, sheet, or tablecloth over two chairs placed a couple of feet apart so that it reaches all the way to the floor, making a tent. Hide a doll or stuffed animal in the tent and ask about it: "Where's Teddy?" Lift the cloth to reveal her hidden friend (or help your baby do this) and exclaim, "There's Teddy!"

You can encourage your baby to hide in the tent herself if she's not scared by this. (Get down there first yourself and coax her along if she's timid). Then demonstrate how, when you're outside the blanket and she's underneath, you can't see her. Ask, "Where's my baby?" When she peeks out from under the cloth, say, "There's my baby!"

Clap, Clap Your Hands

There comes a miraculous moment, sometime around this age, when your baby discovers she can spontaneously bring her hands together to touch each other. But even before she masters this skill, clapping games give her a thrill. What's more, they provide a chance to interact with you face-to-face and to try to mimic your actions.

Appropriate for: 7 to 10 months
Skills developed: Two-hand coordination
What you'll need: No equipment necessary

Patty-cake is an old favorite for babies, but this version is a little more challenging. Seat your baby on the floor, then sit down cross-legged facing her. If she doesn't sit securely yet, prop a pillow behind her. Then sing this song (any tune will do), acting out the commands with her hands in yours as you come to them.

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your tiny hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your tiny hands

Additional verses:

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet ... (and so on).
Pat, pat, pat your head ... (and so on).
Rub, rub, rub your tummy ... (and so on).

Help your baby make the movements herself, even if it means holding her ankles and stomping her feet for her. You can continue to make up sillier and sillier verses (wiggle your eyebrows; stick out your tongue) as long as she continues to giggle.

Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if yours isn't quite ready for this week's activities, don't worry — just try them again in a few weeks.

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