The Preschoolers Guide to Hide and Seek


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#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.

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#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.


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    From Belgium says

    During the search the other party will usually yell at the top of her/his voice: ‘where is little X, I can’t find her/him. Maybe she/he is behind the couch/chair/under the table/etc’ It is advisable to yell ‘Nooooooo’ really really loud when this happens.

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    Mrs Catch says

    Your son lasts 5 seconds in his hiding spot? My girls would come out as soon as the counting finished. They just couldn’t get that the idea was to STAY hiding.

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    Victoria KP says

    This is so funny and so true! I love acting like I have no idea where the boys are and looking ridiculous places (like the medicine cabinet and the silverware drawer) and hearing the giggling get louder and louder.

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    Alison@Mama Wants This says

    Oh that’s just adorable! I loved hide and seek as a child. For some reason, I always thought hiding behind a door was brilliant. Until someone would inevitably open the door, hit me on the head and I’d be found after going ouch. Hey, another rule to add!

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    Tanya says

    HAHAHA classic! That so perfectly describes my two girls’ (4 and 3) hide and seek tactics. I have a picture from a few weekends ago of my littlest one playing hide and seek. She’s sitting straigh up in the middle of the back yard under a picnic blanket and her little feet with lime green crocs are sticking out. The giggling is the best part.


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    Lady Estrogen says

    Very adorable.
    My boys have only figured out 1 spot – beside their toddler beds – that’s it. They don’t venture out much… yet. LOL

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    Sherri says

    When my son was little, he also felt the need to make me COUNT VERY LOUDLY all the way to 20, or some other big number but then didn’t have the patience to wait that long.

    And that hiding in the very same place all of the time? Yeah, that was big!

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