If you hide something, your little explorer may now be able to look for it because Your Child’s working memory has developed enough to remember things that were just there.
Between 9 – 12 months, a child’s working memory has developed enough to remember things that were still around – they develop what is known as object permanence. Object permanence aids in the development of the little one’s memories, exploration, and creativity. It allows children to play hide and seek to develop their spatial intelligence.
How to support this development
One of the ways to support a child’s brain development is to play lots of fun games like peekaboo or hide-and-seek.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (13 June 2021)