Hide and Seek

Hide And Seek‘Grammy’ (Grandma) came to visit and played a game of hide and seek with The Toddler’s toys. Grammy would tell The Toddler to close her eyes. The Toddler would squint. (For some reason, The Toddler appears to believe she cannot close her eyes. We have yet to get to the bottom of this.) Grammy would tell The Toddler to cover her eyes. Grammy would hide the toy. The Toddler would uncover her eyes. Grammy would ask The Toddler where the toy was: ‘Where’s the hoppit?’ We would look around until we found where Grammy had hidden the hoppit. You get the idea. The game is very simple, nothing funny about the game, until…

Grammy leaves. The next day, The Toddler is playing by herself. She takes a toy. She hides it under a cushion. She covers her own eyes (yes, AFTER she has hidden the toy). She asks herself, ‘Where Piggle? Where Piggle gone?’ By some strange piece of luck, she locates the hiding place rather quickly, and merrily bounces over to where Iggle Piggle is concealed. She announces, ‘Oh findy! There it is!’ She proceeds to hide Iggle Piggle from herself again. And again.

The Toddler sees no flaw in her version of this game. She seems to find it equally as entertaining as Grammy’s version. In fact, she seems to find it more entertaining, on account of the fact that Silly Mummy – inexplicably – finds it absolutely hilarious.


    • Silly Mummy says:

      I love how they do that! There are some quite interesting studies on what children believe about that, actually. Apparently, it is connected to their view of self. They don’t believe they are invisible – they understand their physical being is there and can be seen – but they connect the idea of self with eyes, so if the eyes are covered, the person who you are is hidden. Weird, huh? Thanks for reading!

  1. Steph says:

    How precious! I so enjoy watching their games that they’ve made up or when they seem to be telling nonsensical jokes to themselves. Their grins and giggles are the greatest!

  2. Alice says:

    When Jet plays hide and seek, as son as you say ‘coming, ready or not!’ he will jump out and say ‘here I are!’
    I worked out that a good way to get some peace was to count….really….slowly….like….this…. As that is the only time period during which he will stay ‘hidden’. When I say hidden, I obviously mean completely visible 😉
    x Alice

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