Why do it?
- It’s a fun way for baby to begin learning about ‘object permanence’ — that people and things can disappear and then reappear again.
- Repetitions of games like ‘peekaboo’ help baby begin to understand that something can still exist, even when they can’t see it.
How to do it
There are many ways to play ‘peekaboo’. The parent can hide:
- their own face, saying something like, ‘Where am I?’ and then pop out, saying ‘Peekaboo!’
- baby’s face, saying something like, ‘Where’s Baby?’, and then expose baby’s face saying, ‘Peekaboo!’
- behind a curtain or piece of furniture, then pop out and say, ‘Peekaboo!’
- a toy behind a cloth or behind their back, and then show it to baby and say, ‘Peekaboo!’
Using more reo Māori
|Tangohia te tūpoki||Take away the cover|
|Kei hea pēpi?||Where’s baby?|
|Kei konei a pēpi||Here’s baby|
|Kei hea au?||Where am I?|
|Kei konei ahau!||Here I am!|
|Whakahokia te tūpoki||Put back the cover|
|He pai ki a koe tēnei kēmu?||Do you like this game?|
|He kēmu pai nē rā||It’s a good game isn’t it!|