After seeing the tremendous skill and thought that my 3-year-old son puts into playing Hide & Seek this afternoon, I thought I would have him jot down just how he accomplishes his amazing tricks. The two of us thought that his insight could help preschoolers everywhere as they try to outsmart their parents, friends and siblings in this timeless game. When I handed my little dude a pencil and paper to begin his masterpiece, he gave me a incredulous look, found my laptop and independently hammered out the rules below. He looked like Little Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart pounding on keys at the piano. The only thing I did to help was to correct his spelling (wink, wink).
How To Win At Hide & Seek by a 3-year-old boy from Texas
#1: Tell your Mom EXACTLY where you are hiding
Example: “Mommy!! I am hiding in the baaaaaathrooooooom!”
#2: Giggle very loudly while you wait for someone to find you
Brace yourself! For some reason, they usually show up within seconds afterwards!
#3: Hide in the SAME EXACT SPOT each time
The bathroom! Again!
#4: Make sure part of your body is visible in your hiding spot
I usually like to keep a whole leg sticking out.
#5: If you haven’t been found within 15-30 seconds, come out of your hiding spot and insist that the game start over.
Sometimes I just wait 5 seconds.
#6: Bring a friend to your hiding spot whenever possible.
Make sure your friend is completely visible, while you are completely hidden (except for that leg).
#7: Laugh really, really, really loudly with your friend.
This always makes people find you fast. I haven’t figured out why yet.
#8: Yell out “COME FIND ME!!!!!!!” when you hear someone within inches of your hiding spot.
She will usually find you pretty quickly afterwards. Be prepared.
#9: Once found, run wildly out of your hiding spot and into something, preferably a sibling, friend or a really hard object or wall.
After crying for a few minutes & being consoled, get up already. It’s time to play some more.
#10: When it is your turn to count to 10, don’t close your eyes and begin looking for everyone when you get to the number 3.
They won’t be in the bathroom, the VERY BEST HIDING SPOT, so it will take a while to find everyone. If you haven’t found anyone within 30 seconds, give up and go play with your trains.
HAPPY HIDE & SEEKING!!
Although my son is pretty confident he has covered all the ways to perfect the game of Hide & Seek, he welcomes any additional suggestions from your little ones out there!