Many years ago with our son who was under 2 years old at the time, we stayed with a close friend of mine who had a background as an early childhood teacher and specialist in vision impairment. She understood every minute of child development, understanding what stage a child was at and where they would go next and taught me so much about looking for these steps and stages.
It was my wonderful friend who came up with the game of “Where’s Bob?” My son wore navy blue felt slippers with ‘Bob the Builder’ sitting on top. He was a fan of ‘Bob’ and loved getting into his PJ’s after his bath, putting his ‘Bob’ dressing gown on top and wearing his slippers. This particular evening, my friend had the slippers ready for my son and she decided to hold onto one and give him the other one. The slipper was hidden in the lounge area and my son had to go in search for it after each person gestured “Where’s Bob”? He was encouraged to scan around and look for ‘Bob’, to look in different places, under cushions, underneath furniture, up high, down low. ‘Bob’ was found and the game was repeated. ‘Bob’ was found several times over and it was a fantastic game that only required the ability to search, to be motivated, curious, encouraged to ‘look’, and gave my son the opportunity to extend his peripheral area when searching outside of his familiar place. The one resource needed for this game was a slipper.
‘Easter egg hunts’ are happening more and more around the country now at Easter and so many children get involved and embrace the experience. They too, search high and low, over and under, look into the distance and close-up. Don't just play once a year!
So when your child next asks to play a game, introduce “WHERE’S BOB?”
Depending on the ‘resource’ you use, this game will suit children of ‘all abilities’.
Feel free to add your ideas for resources in the comments below.
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Kerri Weaver is a service provider for children with disabilities.