The importance of Peek-A-Boo game in babies’ growth
Peekaboo (which is also spelled Peek-A-Boo) is a game played primarily with babies. Right from birth up to age five babies are just like sponges! They have the capability to learn an astonishing amount of information they see around to understand how the world works. Many researchers point out that babies are the best learners on earth, but how do they put learning in practice ? Playing is probably their best way to do it and once they have found a game they like, they just want to play it over and over … Peek-A-Boo is one of babies’ favorite games! Playing Peek-A-Boo helps babies to develop Object Permanence which is a fundamental part of early life learning. Object permanence means that the baby begins to understand that objects continue to exist, even when they cannot directly be seen, heard, or touched. The majority of babies develop this concept between 6 months and a year old. During the Peek-A-Boo game process, babies develop brain cell connections (synapses) due to visual stimulation. Repeating the same action over and over contributes to strengthen these newly formed synapses: it is the learning process of a baby. If certain synapses are not stimulated and/or rarely used, they may start to die out. This is why we encourage moms and dads to play Peek-A-Boo together with their babies in order to share this outstanding experience … you play with them while they learn and grow ! We also recommend you to be very patient because a baby brain is taking in tons of information! As well as bear in mind that repetition is an important part of learning for a baby, therefore be ready to play Peek-A-Boo more than just once!