Playing in month 10

    Play peek-a-boo

    Most parents have played peek-a-boo, but many forget to play it with their infants, or rush through it when they do. Sit on the floor with your baby. Choose a toy she likes, such as a bear or doll. Cover the toy with a scarf or blanket and say, “Where’s the teddy bear?” Pull the scarf away and say, “Peek-a-boo! There it is!” Put the scarf over your head and try the same game. You’ll probably hear your baby giggle in anticipation. Place the scarf over your baby’s head and watch her pull it away and smile. (Read the cues your baby gives. Some children may not like having their face covered.)

    How it helps the brain grow

    When your baby plays peek-a-boo, her brain is discovering object permanency - that is, even if you can’t see an object, it’s still there.

    The school connection

    A child who understands that things - and people - exist even when she can’t see them understands that Mom or Dad will return at the end of the school day. That knowledge makes starting school, and focusing on learning, easier.

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