Where Did It Go?

Birth-6 Months

FromActivities for Responsive Caregiving,  Jean Barbre

What to have – Small blanket or towel – Brightly colored toy or a favorite toy Suggested Books – Peek-a-Baby by Karen Katz – Peek-a-Boo! by Roberta Grobel Intrater – Peekaboo Baby by Sebastien Braun – Playtime Peekaboo! by DK Publishing – Where’s Ellie? by Salina Yoon

What to do Most young infants have not developed the concept of object permanence, the idea that an object is still there even though they can’t see it. After getting a baby’s attention, hide a toy beneath a blanket. Pull back the blanket to reveal the toy and act surprised. Repeat this action for as long as she is interested. Hold the baby on your lap and read peekaboo books or books in which things are hidden. Older infants may also enjoy lifting books with flaps to find hidden things. Read the suggested books, introduce the vocabulary words, and sing and chant with the infant.

Why LEARNING OUTCOMES Social-Emotional Development – Relationships with adults Physical Development - Perception Cognitive Development - Spatial awareness – Cause and effect – Memory – Connecting experiences – Imitating others Language Development – Receptive language – Connecting words with real-world knowledge – Concept words – Using language in play

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Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

By Jean Barbre Copyright 2013 Birth-6 Months

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