Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Activity Idea: Hide the Object

Infant and Toddler QuickSource® reminds us that sensory awareness becomes part of an infant’s life at a very early age. "Playing Peek-a-Boo, placing items in her mouth and becoming aware of her own body parts will eventually help the child support the scientific wonderment of our world."

Here's an activity called Hide the Object that helps children begin to understand patterns involved in simple games. For this activity, you will need a Snuggle Me Tot Supporter (SNUGME) and a set of Soft Squeak Blocks (SQUEAK).

Materials Needed:
Snuggle Me Tot Supporter (SNUGME)
Soft Squeak Blocks (SQUEAK)

Let's Get Started:
1. When a child has reached the point of enjoying games such as Peek-a-Boo, play “Hide the Object.”

2. Take something small and hide it behind the child and ask, “Where did it go? Where is the block?”

3. Also play the game by hiding objects under the infant’s leg, in the infant’s hand, on the infants head (if safe and appropriate, such as an article of clothing).

4. Continue asking the child, even if the child’s skills are not developed enough to locate the object.

Continue playing the game, but squeak the block when it's behind your back to increase the infant's curiosity.

If using POCET™, this activity correlates to Developmental Guideline: ES3: Plays Peek-a-Boo.

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