Can you play at peekaboo?

By March 18, 2014Latest News

We’ve had so much fun playing peekaboo games all morning with the amazing children who are taking up the two year old offer in Riverside Nursery today.

Here is an example of one of the songs we have been enjoying:

I have some great video from our peekaboo songs this morning. I need to go through consent forms before any of them appear on this site. Hopefully that will be this week or next.

A bit more about peekaboo songs…

Peekaboo games are great fun and there are lots of songs to choose from.

The anticipation in these games is great for communication.  You can really play with this, and let the anticipation really build up before you say ‘BOO’!  Look for cues from your child like kicking feet,  giggling, wriggling,  squeals,  and take these as your cue to finally reveal your child for the final ‘BOO’!  These cues show you that your child understands the game, and what to do next. Thanks to Lesley Forrester (speech and language therapist, North Tyneside) for these top tips.

I like to use voiles, so the children can still see through them and breathe easily.

Can you play at peekaboo?

This is a fabulous song to enjoy with your little one at home.

Sit your child opposite you and encourage them to use their hands to hide behind.

Have fun finding things to hide behind. I particularly like voiles, as you can still see through them which much younger children sometimes prefer.

We have not been singing this song as a call and response song in Riverside nursery, as the children are too young to manage this. I sang all of the lines, and took my time with the last line, encouraging the child I was with to say the final BOO! as they revealed themselves.

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Words:

Call: Can you play at peekaboo?
Response: I can play at peekaboo
Call: Are you there?
Response: Yes I am
Call: Are you there?
Response: Yes I am
Both: Peeka-peeka-peeka-peeka…..(encourage child to say)-BOO!

Where are the children?

This is another brilliant peekaboo song which works well with voiles or lycra. This one if great for anticipation, as the children have to wait until the end to say boo.

This has even been adapted by one mum in Hexham to search for carrots in the supermarket whilst out shopping with her daughter. Mum sang “where are the carrots?”  to  ”keep her from pulling every vegetable off the shelf and keep her helping me!” Awesome!

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Words:

Where is *Millie? Where is *Millie?
Where is she?  Where is she?
What can she be doing?  What can she be doing?
Hiding from me! Hiding from me!
Spoken: (build anticipation before you pull the cloth off) ahh…….BOO!
*change so this is your child’s name

Where oh where

I sing peekaboo songs so often, I need a couple up my sleeve, so that I do not get sick of singing the same one all of the time. I also really like  ’Where oh where? as there are more opportunities to reveal the child and say ‘BOO’!

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Words:

Where oh where is our little *Katie?
Where  has our Katie gone? – (build anticipation and reveal child) BOO!
(Hiding once more) Where oh where is our little Katie?
Where  has our Katie gone? – (build anticipation) BOO!
Kate

Author Kate

I am an early years music specialist based in North Tyneside. I am currently leading on the Terrific Twos at Riverside Project. Before that I was the lead practitioner for the Tuneful Tots & Bouncin' Bairns projects.

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