About peekaboo

January 2, 2010

This afternoon I have been perusing The Baby Book, by the Drs. Sears.  In the section on games for babies, they have this to say about ‘peekaboo’

Peekabo [sic] games stimulate baby’s developing memory.  Baby stores the image of the disappearing parent momentarily in his memory, and when you reappear he takes great delight in confirming that the image he sees is an accurate representation of the image he stored.

Now, I deny that the pleasure of peekaboo is principally that of image matching, but even if it was, what a horrid way to describe a children’s game!

I have not consulted The Baby Book very frequently, and I don’t feel bad about that at all.

2 Responses to “About peekaboo”

  1. Janet Says:

    Shoot, peekaboo is just fun. It makes babies laugh, which makes adults laugh. Everybody laughs. Everybody has fun–and it’s cheap.


  2. KathyB Says:

    Still, it’s better than the book we had that said that if you don’t help teach your children specific abilities at just the right age, then they would never fully develop these abilities – which included sitting up, walking, pointing, drinking from a cup….
    No pressure!

    p.s. When I meet a child (or adult) who is incapable of pointing properly, I will let you know.

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