Teddy Hide & Seek
Teddy Hide & Seek
0-2 years, 2-3 years
5- 10 minutes
Plush teddy or toy
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- Position the baby on the floor on their tummy
- For older children you can start with them standing
- Use the child's favourite toy or teddy to play hide and seek
- Engage baby to follow the teddy with their eyes and track the toy while moving it around in front of you.
- Hide teddy behind your back and “peek a boo” teddy.
- Hide teddy behind furniture, other toys and materials such as silks scarfs etc.
- Place teddy in reach of baby and encourage baby to reach and grasp teddy or move towards teddy if they are able to roll or crawl.
Beginning to move:
- For toddlers and children beginning to crawl and walk, you can extend this activity.
- Using the child’s favourite teddy or toy engage with them to play hide and seek, allowing the child to watch you as you hide the teddy.
- Begin with hiding the teddy in close range, in eye line of the child.
- As the child becomes more confident in the game, begin to hide the teddy across the room, at a variety of heights, or not in direct eye line (i.e., only a foot can be seen and the rest of the teddy is hidden behind a box).
- Take turns and allow the child to hide the teddy from you for you to find.
Beginning to Run:
- For children who are proficient at walking and ready to begin exploring other locomotive skills such as running, balancing, and jumping.
- Using the teddy to play hide and seek, hide the teddy across the room or yard.
- You can add in a musical element and sing “we’re going on a bear hunt” with the children.
- Choose a form of locomotion to perform while looking for the teddy such as running, stomping, crawling, or jumping.
- Take turns with the children hiding the teddy.
- Increase the complexity by having children close their eyes while the teddy is being hidden.