Peek-a-boo—it’s one of the first games you can explore with your baby, a simple, joyous playtime activity that can bring hours of entertainment and laughter. The delight a child finds in this “surprise” game was also the inspiration behind our new “Peek-a- Boo” Baby & Toddler toys!
Crafted from select hardwood and accented with bright, child-safe dyes, these charming toys have parts that open, shut, snap, and clack! These features benefit your baby and young toddler by helping them develop important skills such as:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Object identification
- Counting skills
- Vocabulary development
- Color recognition
- and more!
Here’s a quick overview of three new Peek-a-Boo toys, which have recently been added to the Melissa & Doug website:
Little turtles love to hide, so our new Peek-a-Boo Turtle wooden toy has four polka-dot legs and smiling face that flap open, then snap back to their hiding place with a clack! Young toddlers and babies can develop concepts of object permanence as well as hand-eye coordination as they click the pieces in and out, learning naturally through play.
Knock knock…who’s inside? With this Peek-a-Boo House, kids can flip open three doors to reveal Mama, Papa and Baby Bear! With the bright pictures behind every flap, there are plenty of ideas to discuss and stories to tell as baby explores this charming toy.
For farm fun, our Peek-a-Boo Barn toy features four friendly animals, hiding behind barn doors that flap open and click-clack back into place. With lots of visual detail and a peek-through window in the hayloft, it will also keep older toddlers busy developing vocabulary and counting skills, playing memory games, and more.
Bonus Extended-Play Activities!
For more ways to play and learn with your Peek-a-Boo toys, try the following extension activities with your child:
- With the Peek-a-Boo Barn or House, talk to your child about what you see. Describe colors, shapes, and the different parts of the toy, pointing to each feature as you say its name. Pause between sentences to let the child point to a part of the toy or mimic your speech.
- Flip open one of the big doors to reveal what’s hiding behind it. Then open all the doors and ask the child to close them. Ask the child to try to open them too.
- Create a story about the animals you see, like what makes the little turtle hide, or what the barn animals are doing today.
We hope you enjoyed learning about these new toys and extended play activities! To discover more about these and all our baby and toddler toys, click here to visit our website.