“Where is Olya? I do not see her! Well, where are you hiding?
Ay-yay-yay, I can not even imagine! Where would this clever girl be? ”The baby’s face was covered with a thin handkerchief, nine-month-old Olga held her breath. Suddenly, Mom opens her face: “Koo-ku!”
And it is lit up with a smile. But then mom covers her face with her hands, and her beloved eyes disappear. “Where’s mom?” Asks a familiar voice. Fully keen on the game, with her eyes wide open and her mouth open in surprise, Olya is waiting. “Ku-ku!
I’m here! ”And the beloved face reappears. Olya laughs. She and her mother will play this game more than once.
And always an explosion of laughter and joy is provided.
In order to properly assess the value of this game for the baby, you need to know the features of its development. At only 6–8 months old, the child begins to realize his own existence, to separate himself and his body from his mother and surrounding objects.
He still does not clearly represent his opportunities and the world around him: the kid believes that if he covered his face with his hands, then the world and his mother disappeared.
The kid begins to learn about the world around him: with his partings, meetings, and an inexplicable rhythm. He closes his eyes with his hands, and his beloved mother disappears somewhere. Fearfully!
But then her voice, close and beloved, is heard nearby: “Where is Sasha?” Sasha opens his eyes. And he sees that mom is here again. The kid laughs happily.
Still: he controls events, can make this world appear and disappear and even return mom! The ability to influence the environment delights him, gives rise to faith in his strength.
And the surprise of the mother and her cheerful laughter only increase the joy of “managing the situation.”
The baby closed his eyes, and mother disappeared. But her voice, so familiar and familiar, sounds very close. So mom did not disappear anywhere!
Here we come to a new discovery. 8–10 months is the age when a child takes a giant step in the perception of the surrounding world. He discovers that the objects and people around him continue to exist, even being invisible.
Now he is able to visualize the missing object, for example, the hidden face of his mother. That is why the game of hide and seek is of great importance at this age.
It allows the baby to make sure that one and two, and twenty-two times the disappeared object is able to come back. So, he does not disappear anywhere!
This game has one more advantage. She is simple and conservative.
Both the phrases and the whole ritual of the game are simple and can remain unchanged from day to day. And for children who are just starting to gain self-confidence and a sense of permanence in the outside world is very important.
Of course, closing your eyes is scary. What if mom no longer appears?
Is it worth the risk? But the game provides an opportunity to experience the fear of loneliness, learn to perceive the absence of the mother and to represent her return, being in a calm atmosphere.
After all, this is just a game. “Ku-ku” helps a child to more easily endure feelings of separation, longing, loss, fear, he seems to be playing with these sensations and learning to manage them.
The skills of the game “Ku-ku” are used by children and for a painless acquaintance with the big world. Faced with strangers and unfamiliar surroundings, they cover their faces with their hands or hide behind Mom’s back, causing the frightening world to disappear. For them, this is a way to relieve stress without crying and crying, to relax a bit in safety.
But curiosity gains the upper hand, and, learning to overcome their fear, the children timidly look out from cover. And if strangers at this moment start playing with them in such a familiar “Koo-ku”, the ice of alienation will melt, and the children will happily begin to communicate.
Little Masha (1 year) goes to the courtyard. She had not yet fully settled into this new living space for her: during walks, her mother often put her to bed in a carriage.
Masha looks around the yard, sees her grandmother sitting on a bench, and happily goes to her. After all, this is her favorite grandmother, which is always calm and easy. Masha comes closer and sees that the grandmother is a stranger, an unfamiliar one.
From fright and surprise Masha lowers her head on her knees, burying her face in her skirt, and freezes. The stranger is surprised and touched by such an unexpected display of tenderness on the part of the baby. She does not realize that Masha at this moment is struggling with a sense of fear.
The girl did not burst into tears, but simply made the frightening world disappear and thus relieved her tension.
And finally, the game of hide and seek is a wonderful family tradition that brings together and gives great joy to all participants. If dad learns this uncomplicated game, then the baby will meet him fun “Ku-ku.” It’s so great to be happy with your dad, whom he missed all day!
Time will pass and the child will meet him with a “more adult option”, hiding under the table and in the closet. And after some time, he boldly went out into the yard to play hide and seek with his peers.
Baby in the first year of his life makes a tremendous leap in development. And the game of hide and seek contributes to this progress.
It is directly related to the development of his abilities to perception, communication and motor activity.
- By 2-3 months of life, the attention of the infant is attracted by the movement of familiar objects and new fixed ones. Baby smiles at the approach of his mother’s face. He listens to sounds, turns his head to their source. Actively responds to the words of the mother, which cause him positive emotions.
- At 4 months, if the object is enlarged, the baby understands that it is approaching. Reacts to bright moving objects, enjoys the sounds of music, human speech. Determines the source of the sound, turning to his head. Recognizes mom and rejoices in her appearance.
- By 5 months the child is able to focus the image depending on the distance. Suddenly, a mother who appeared in sight would not take him by surprise.
- By 6 months the baby is looking for a hidden object with his eyes. The ability to distinguish between objects is particularly pronounced in relation to people: at the sight of a familiar adult, the kid smiles, greets him with sounds; to strangers remains indifferent or frowns and turns away.
- At 6–8 months, the baby is aware of its body and separates it from the external environment. If a familiar face or object is partially not visible, he will recognize it.
- At 7 months, the baby considers the toy for a long time, shifts, knocks, waves, throws. To the question: “Where?” Tries to find the subject, he actively babbles for a long time. Carefully examines an adult before making contact. Fear at this age is replaced by cognitive interest.
At 8 months, the baby recognizes and distinguishes loved ones in the photo. When naming an object that has a permanent place and the question: “Where is he?”, The child searches for and finds it.
Now that the child is playing hide-and-seek, he himself loves to remove the handle from his face to find himself.
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