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Pattycake and Peekaboo, Why are they so Important?

Pattycake is a simple game that is so very, very important. Sitting face to face with your child on your lap clapping hands and singing.  Why is this so important? Pattycake creates and develops:

  • A sense of warmth
  • A sense of comfort
  • A sense of belonging
  • A social endeavor
  • Back and forth turn-taking 
  • Full attention
  • Imitation of clapping hands
  • A joyful experience
  • Eye contact
  • Rhythmic responses
  • Repetitive responses
  • Predictable responses
  • Rhyming
  • Eye hand coordination

Peekaboo is simply hiding behind a cloth or obstacle and popping out unexpectedly. It is so very, very important. Why? Peekaboo creates and develops:

  • Object permanence – you're not really gone!
  • Predictable outcomes
  • Repetitive outcomes
  • Turn-taking
  • Social interaction with another being
  • Changing roles of hider and seeker
  • Full attention
  • A joyful experience
  • First easy word – 'peek' or 'boo'
  • Play with pitch control
  • Sense of belonging
  • Early problem solving
  • A sense of warmth
  • A sense of comfort

© Kate Ross, MS, CCC-SLP   (2011)

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