Being little is hard and involves a great deal of work. When we little people have a bit of time to spare, we like to unwind from a busy day of exploring and experimenting by having some fun. Playtime and games are a necessity for us.
In the wold of babies and toddlers, there is one particular game that we can’t get enough of. It’s a very popular game and most of us love to play it. I certainly enjoy it. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s called Peekaboo.
All you need to play are one other person and a blanket. It doesn’t even really have to be a blanket. Anything that you can drape over your head will work just as well. I often improvise with a sweater I find sitting around. The other day I grabbed the kitchen cloth that hangs on the oven door and I used that.
The rules of the game are very simple. You put the blanket over your head and wait for someone to start looking for you. After a while you pop out from under that blanket and surprise the other person. That’s when they realize you were there the whole time.
Sometimes hiding isn’t that easy. The blanket can be tricky to manage. It can get folded funny or bunched up all weird and then you can’t hide yourself under it very well. That’s when you have to work with it a bit to get it straightened out again.
My favourite person to play Peekaboo with is mommy but I’m willing to play with anyone. I like to play with mommy best because mommy really tries to find me. I can hear mommy looking for me. She walks around saying “Where’s Peachy?” and “Where did Peachy go?” while I’m hiding under the blanket.
When I pop out mommy is always surprised and she says “There’s Peachy!” while I laugh. Mommy is always excited to find me and I’m equally excited to be found. As soon as we’re done being excited about me being found, I hide again. I never get bored or tired of playing Peekaboo with mommy.
I’m very good at playing Peekaboo. When I’m under the blanket I become invisible and completely imperceptible to the outside world. It’s like a different dimension under there. Nobody can find me while I’m hiding.
One of my favourite times to play Peekaboo is when mommy folds my laundry. I watch from my crib as mommy puts my clothes away. When I get bored with watching, I pick up the blanket and put it over my head. Mommy always looks for me and I can hear her searching in different areas of the room.
If I find a sweater or my travel blanket in my baby zone I play a different version of the Peekaboo game. I throw it over my head and then I walk around. Not only does it make it that much more impossible for anyone to find me, I can also move around the room without anyone seeing me.
The only downside to walking around with my head covered is that I can’t see where I’m going. I always bump into things. Sometimes that just makes the game funnier and I laugh as I repeatedly walk into stuff. Other times I fall over and it hurts a little.
Every once in a while mommy takes a blanket and puts it over her head. This is funny but mommy isn’t as good at hiding as I am. I can still see where mommy is. She doesn’t become invisible like I do. It’s still fun when mommy pops out but it’s not as much fun to look for someone when you know where they are.
Peekaboo really is a great game and it’s not surprising that all the little people love it. Have you tried it? Did you like it? If not you should give it a go. All the world’s little people can’t be wrong.