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Hide & Seek

Hide and Seek is one of the most active games for kids and is a great way to prepare your child for school. Hide and Seek combines active play with practicing counting, plus waiting silently while cooperating within a group and following directions. Most children do not want to practice these skills for very long, especially not at school, but disguised as the game of Hide & Seek, they'll play for hours, so don't let your child miss out on this childhood classic. Active games for kids are fun for adults, too. If you join in the game, you'll soon be known as the funnest grownup in town. Hide & Seek is one of the most adaptable games around and welcomes everyone at their current ability level. The youngest children can just run and hide and yell, while older chidlren are 'It' and handle the counting and planning. Eventually, bit by bit, the younger ones move up into leadership roles as their counting skills improve.

MATH SKILLS
Start with counting to 10 and go up from there as they get older. The peer group will insist on acccurate counting in order to play fair. The peer group is far more effective than any red grading pencil can ever be.
LARGE MOTOR SKILLS
Hide & Seek encourages active running, climbing, crawling, and figuring out which hiding space you can fit, which develops awareness of your body in space - very useful to understand later, when you are trying to keep your hands to yourself or avoid bumping into other people and other socialable skills.
SOCIAL SKILLS and TAKING TURNS
The peer group will insist on fair play, which helps children develop their self control about fair hiding and fair seeking. Hide & Seek also promotes the skill of taking turns, as different people take turns being It.

Suggested books about Hide & Seek
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Large Motor Skills
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Self-Discipline
Patience & Waiting
Taking Turns
Following Directions
Cause & Effect
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