Where‛s it gone?
You will Need
A piece of material, tea towel or scarf A selection of favourite toys or objects
Sit facing your baby either on the floor or with your baby in their highchair.
Hold the piece of material over your face then pull it away quickly saying ‘peek-a-boo!’ Repeat several times then invite your baby to pull the scarf away to reveal your face.
This becomes a game of great anticipation and fun as your baby discovers that you have not disappeared.
Switch the game around and pop the scarf over their face saying ‘where‛ ……..gone?‛ and watch as your baby pulls the scarf away to show they have not disappeared.
You can extend the game by hiding a favourite toy under the scarf and saying ‘where‛ teddy gone?‛ and as you pull away the scarf, ‘there‛ teddy!‛ This hide and seek game will help to reinforce language, making connection between the object and it‛s name.
Babies learn through repetition so don‛t be surprised if your baby wants to continue with the fun.
Object permanence is about understanding that when something disappears it has not gone forever and tends to begin to develop between 4-8 months of age. Before a baby begins to understands this concept, things that disappear from her view, such as something falls off the high chair tray or is covered over with an upside down bowl, are gone. Quite literally out of sight and out of mind. Developing object permanence is an important cognitive milestone. It is an essential foundation to learning for symbolic understanding (which a baby needs to develop language, pretend play, and exploration) and helps babies work through separation anxiety.