At 15 months, the baby is very much into playing peekaboo. I’m not sure if the books say that’s the right age to play peekaboo, but he can’t read, so he’s initiating the games with us. He’ll cover his eyes or say “Bah!” and then we have to play it with him.
I know there are many variants of Peekaboo. In our variant, you cover the baby’s eyes or your own eyes with something (a blanket, a cloth diaper, the tail of the sling) and say “Peekaboo!” and then quickly uncover them while saying “Bah!” The baby then giggles.
I wonder if peekaboo is a human thing. I wonder if Mary played peekaboo with Jesus.
And because we’re a house full of wiseacres, my Patient Husband said, “Peekaboo: the board game by Hasbro.”
I replied, “Peekaboo: The Deluxe Edition.”
Him: Peekaboo: The Travel Edition.
Me: Peekaboo: The Collectible Card Game.
Him: That would be Peekaboo: The Gathering.
Me: Peekaboo: The Party Pack.
Him: Classic Peekaboo.
Me: Peekaboo Junior.
Him: Peekaboo expansion sets
Me: Peekaboo, Hunters and Gatherers.
Him: City and college variants of Peekaboo.
We managed to go on for quite a while in this vein. Which is why we’re married to each other, in order to keep the geekiness confined to one household.
But because I’m silly in addition to geeky, this is how he’d write up the session report on his own blog:
This morning we had a game of Peekaboo for me, my wife and Kiddo#4. We’ve modified the tournament-standard rules for in-house use, saying ‘Peekaboo!’ during the hiding phase and substituting ‘Bah!’ during the reveal phase. We find this keeps Kiddo#4 involved throughout play rather than waiting for his turn. We utilized various implements for the hide phase, experimenting to find which worked best. My wife initiated with the cloth diaper gambit, whereas I opted for the more versatile crib blanket. Kiddo#4 used either his hands or the bed sheet. Next time, I plan to use a handkerchief because it’s more sheer and will whip away easier. Kiddo#4 scored high on every round, anticipating the “Bah!” and clapping or giggling between turns.
Let me know when Peekaboo becomes an Olympic sport, because we’re going for the gold.