There is something universal about the game “Peekaboo”. It is a deceptively simple game that babies all over the world seem to play with inexhaustible delight. We know it’s also been played for a long time – at least back to the 17th century, when it was the subject of an 1895 painting by Georgios Jakobides.
But there is a more serious side to “Peekaboo”, as Tom Stafford explains in this article. To quote Stafford, “No mere habit or fashion, the game can help show us the foundations on which adult thought is built.”
That seems a huge responsibility for a simple game. I’ll leave you to read Stafford’s article for yourself, but the core reason for this is that it teaches the concept of “object permanence”. As a result of this weighty developmental outcome, the “Peekaboo” game has also been the subject of a number of psychological studies.
Stafford also insinuates that “Peekaboo” is so popular because it “uses the fundamental structure of all good jokes – surprise, balanced with expectation”. So, an interesting thought: if your baby becomes a comedian in their adult life, you gave them a start by repeatedly playing “Peekaboo” with them.
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