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Brady, Age 4 Months, Learning With His Father Matt

May 19, 2010

Watch to see how Brady delights in this twist on a game of peek-a-boo with his father.

To Think About:

How does Brady communicate what he is thinking about this game with his father?

How does Matt vary the game to challenge Brady?

What might Brady be learning during this playtime with his dad?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Brady does:

  • Shows dad he is eager to play by moving his arms and legs excitedly

  • Smiles and makes sounds to communicate his enjoyment of this game

  • Anticipates dad’s hiding him once again as he looks at Dad very intently, waiting for him to resume the game.

What Matt does:

  • Engages in a peek-a-boo game that teaches Brady about object permanence—the fact that things that disappear still exist. Games like this also help children with separation as they learn that those they love many disappear but always reappear.

  • Reads Brady’s cues that he wants to keep playing. This lets Brady know his interests are important.

  • Gauges how long Brady can tolerate being “hidden.”

  • Keeps the game interesting by adjusting the amount of time he “hides” Brady.

Think About How Your Child Is Learning These Skills

How is your child developing thinking skills through her everyday interactions with you? Here are some questions to think about:

  • How does your child like to explore the world around him? Does he prefer to use his fingers and hands to figure out how things work, or does he like to be on the move, using his large muscles (arms and legs) to explore?

  • What kinds of activities does your child seek out and truly enjoy? Why do you think he prefers these activities?

Think about a recent playtime with your child.

  • What was he exploring?

  • How did he go about his exploration?

  • What do you think he was learning?

  • Did you participate in his play? If so, how? What impact did you participation have?

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