I Found Me (Further Adventures in Hide and Seek)

The Toddler has been engaging in further games of her ever evolving version of hide and seek (you can see her very first attempt here). Fans of the surreal will be pleased to know that, whilst the format of toddler hide and seek has once again changed, the central tenet of nonsense has been preserved.

This time, The Toddler has declared that she will be playing hide and seek with her uncles and Pop, who are visiting. The Toddler will be hiding first. She runs off to hide. Everyone else closes their eyes and starts counting. So far so how you are meant to play hide and seek. But…The Toddler can’t resist a bit of counting. She joins in from her ‘hiding’ place: ‘Six, seven, eight!’ Well, this is confusing. Now everyone is counting, and no one is sure that anyone is actually hiding. Everyone is, however, sure that The Toddler is in the hallway, due to a little voice yelling, ‘Nine, ten!’

Let’s try again. This time, one of the uncles will be hiding. The Toddler will be searching (‘come get you, here me come’). The game is about to start. The Toddler just wants to say something first. She marches over to Uncle, and points at the space next to the sideboard: ‘You go hide there!’ Have you got that, Uncle? You just go and hide where The Toddler told you to, she’ll count to ten (do feel free to join in), and then she will come and find you in the place where she put you.

On the third attempt, The Toddler accidentally starts looking for the hider before they actually had a chance to go anywhere. She forgot to count to ten. Or to count at all. Or to cover her eyes.

The next hider is told, ‘You hide in the coats.’ In a shock turn of events, he is subsequently located in the coats.

Following the frankly abysmal performances of these players, The Toddler announces, ‘It’s my turn!’ Not hindered in the slightest by the noisy hiccups she has developed, The Toddler runs off into the hallway (hiccup), where she hides every time (hiccup). From her customary hiding place, The Toddler loudly and gleefully joins in the count (hiccup).

Upon reaching ten (hiccup), the seekers announce, ‘Comi…’
‘Boo!’ The Toddler bounds out of her hiding place: ‘I found me!’

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  1. Rob says:

    That’s awesome. I love playing hide and seek with our almost 2 year old. It’s so funny. Usually she just puts a small pillow in front of her face and cackles with laughter which inevitably makes me start laughing too. Good times. #AnythingGoes

  2. Saffy says:

    I love this – my boy is still the same at 4.5 “Mummy, I’m going to hide under the bed, you count!” I love breaking the rules, hiding somewhere really sneaky and then scaring the cr@p out of him when he walks past.


  3. Orana says:

    Very nicely written little piece about your toddler’s adventures! It was so vivid I felt like I was playing too! I haven’t even tried playing hide and seek with my kids I might try it just to see what happens. #twinklytuesday

  4. hahaha this so sounds like our games too. The gremlin comes to find me when I’m counting. She can always be found behind the curtain. heh. I’m sure as they get bigger they will get it!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst lovely and see you again xx

  5. Emma says:

    It must be a standard toddler rule! We have this exact version in my house. It is much quicker, but very repetitive! Made me laugh as always. A toddler that certainly rules the roost!

  6. I adore this post. I love how you have written it and the experience you’ve told. It’s such a true post too – toddlers are forever changing up the rules or forgetting to count when waiting to find someone. Sounds like you are entertained daily! #KCAKOLS

  7. Ahhh, an oldie but a goodie! I liked this the first time but remember thinking that my boy doesn’t hide and seek yet. Well, he has just about started to. Lots of instructions….he tells me where to hide and where he has hidden and how many times we’ve got left doing hiding. It’s sweet #KCACOLS

  8. Awww this is so sweet! I love toddler stage – there is just no reasoning with them! Whatever they say goes. Mine love to play hide and seek too but my toddler can’t stay still for long and come running out shouting “boo” too!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

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