This activity is inspired by Katie from @happilyevermom and it was meant for my 18 month old Nora, but it was a huge hit with BOTH my girls ❤️! Katie talks about object permanence. This milestone is important in cognitive development and should be fully understood by your little one (LO) around this age (~18mo). All it means is that your LO now understands that when something disappears it may not be gone forever. Before if a toy was covered with a cloth your LO may have just lost interest and looked away, but starting around 8 months, your LO will remove the cloth to retrieve the toy! That’s the reason why kids are drawn to peekaboo play and why separation anxiety starts to get better with age (they now understand that you’ll come back and not disappear forever!) .
This activity is all about object permanence. All you need is a muffin tin, small toys/items and random lids. Show them once how to take off the lid to find the surprise. Chanel (4 year old) was fascinated and stopped her own game to watch Nora- then begged me to do one for her. I guess the element of surprise just kept them going (even though it was the same toy over and over again 🤣). This activity also encouraged a lot of language like ‘on’ ‘off’ ‘in’ and ‘out’.