Count to elebenty-two, then come find me, ok?

Helpful discovery:

You know how many Toddlers play hide and go seek using the sensible rule of “If I can’t see you, then you can’t see me”?

Turns out Toddler Giraffes use the same rule:

Shy Giraffe

Let’s go find out how the other Toddler Zoo Animals play. Start with the Toddler Pandas.

[Image via redditt — no no no, not for toddlers…..]

Where are you?

Hide and seek. Hide and seek. Let’s play hide and seek.


Me, looking for a 3-year-old student hiding in a big open classroom: Hmmmm…I wonder where he is……

Student: I’m here.

Me [walking deliberately in the wrong direction]: Are you over here?

Student: No. I’m here!

The student moves to another part of the room. I move to the first location.

Me: Are you here?

Student: No, I moved.


Me to my 3-year-old nephew: Hmmm…where is your big sister? She’s hiding! Let’s go find her!

Nephew [looks under a tiny pillow on the sofa]: She’s not here. Can we read a book now?


What I’m Thankful For

I’m thankful for having so many incredible people in my life.

I’m thankful for having good food, good stories and good music in my life.

I’m thankful for little ones who don’t know the rules of hide and go seek.

I’m thankful for 30-minute power naps.

I’m thankful for olive oil.

I’m thankful for newspapers and radios.

I’m thankful for massages.

I’m thankful for the internet.

I’m thankful for bedtime stories.

I’m thankful for little ones who are enormously thrilled to talk to everyone who looks like a person.

Read this post in Japanese/日本語.

Hide and (go) seek

Let’s say you have the following on hand:

a) 30-ish kids seemingly on their 18th cup of coffee, possibly espresso

picture-4.pngb) 1 non-digital chunky tick tick tick tick tick wind-up timer

c) lots of hiding places

d) a sudden craving for a minute or two of relative quiet.

Try this twist on hide-and-(go)-seek:

1) Set the timer for about a minute or two.

2) Hide the timer (hold the dial in place until you’ve hidden the timer – the ticking will otherwise give you away as you move to a hiding place).

3) Tell the kids to find the timer by listening for its tick tick tick tick tick.

Tips and variations:

a) Should work well with a smaller crowd of kids, too.

b) If you have older kids willing to help out and if you have more than one wind up timer, set the timers for different times and hide them in different places.

c) Clearly state where the timer will/will not be hidden. You don’t want them rearranging your nicely folded clothes.

d) If the kids are finding the timer too quickly for your needs, tell them to count to 30 or to say the alphabet backwards or to sing the national anthem or to recite the months or the list the names of all the teachers in their school in alphabetical order before scrambling off in search of the timer.

Hide and seek and tickle and tag

First off, what do you call this game? I still think I grew up calling it hide and go seek, but I’m not so sure anymore. Devon most helpfully explains the Japanese version of the game – yay, now I know what my kids have been saying to me all this time. Go take a look, because my favorite part is his explanation of the game from a 2-year-old’s perspective. So true!

My niece changed the game today to hide and go tickle (there’s that little “go”). As I understood the rules, when I found her, I was supposed to tickle her. Great, so when it was my turn to hide, I braced myself for the onslaught of her tickles. Ah, no, turns out that no matter who was seeking/being found, I was supposed to tickle her.

Good, really, because I’m embarrassed at how ridiculously ticklish I am.

When my niece and nephew are older and can stay up later, we’ll have to pull out the flashlights for a game of flashlight hide and seek (hey, no “go”): whoever is It tags people out by flashing a light on them. Say, that would be fun for a neighborhood game of nighttime tag: you’re out/frozen if you get…ahem…flashed. Whee.

Speaking of playing tag, another version great for the little ones is to make It put a (big) sticker on someone. The person who has been stickered (stuck? stuckered?) is the new It. Variations abound.

Aiyee, I’m jetlagged. What was the original topic again?

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