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Your baby or toddler will love playing hiding and peek-a-boo games with you. Hide behind something, the couch, a tea towel even, and then come out again suddenly, surprising your little one! Say "boo" or "peek-a-boo"! Enjoy seeing your baby respond, often with laughter. They are surprised each time, and they are learning that things and people exist even when they are hidden from view. It's known as "object permanence" and it takes a baby quite a while to learn and predict.
Have a look at this video from Parenting Counts which explains how your baby learns and discovers.
Here is an online peek-a-boo game from Fisher-Price that your child can play with your help, using your computer or mobile phone keyboard. Hit any letter or number, or the spacebar, and a little character pops out to say "peek-a-boo".
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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