Thursday, July 1, 2010

Infant Stimulation Activity 55: peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo may seem like a simple game; okay, it is a simple game. But there is more than a simple benefit to babies of all ages.

For infants (babies 0-6 months) it is a wonderful and fun interaction. Your infant has the opportunity to study your face, watch your facial expressions, and listen to your voice.

From 6-9 months, babies will have a greater attention span and therefore enjoy the simulation that much more. She may be surprised or startled during the game, so be sure to smile and show that you are having fun.

At 9 months babies are just beginning to understand object permanence, even if he can’t see you, you are still there. This is important because baby is learning to trust that when you are gone (even for a few seconds) you come back.

Eventually of course this game becomes a two-way street and your baby will try to grab at your hands and even begin covering her own eyes.

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