Toddlers Without Tiaras

… tales of my threenager

How to hide like a Threenager!

In recent months Big Sis has mastered the art of playing hide and seek (H’nS) … Well, mastered the art from the perspective of a toddler.

When it is her turn to seek, she carefully covers her eyes, while peeking through her fingers.  She carefully counts: one, two, five, eight, nine, five, six!  When she finds you, she squeals with delight!

Her usual hiding place is behind the red couch in our family room.  My favourite part of playing hide and seek with my daughter is her lack of understanding of the game.  As I slowly count to ten, she can’t contain herself.  Usually by the time I reach nine she will jump out of her hiding spot shouting “I’m here! I’m here!”, while running to you with her arms outstretched waiting for the right moment to jump in to your arms for a hug. When it is her turn to hide she chooses 1 of 2 spots.  Either the spot that you last hid in, or the spot that she hid in last time.  The “I can’t see you, so you can’t see me” principle is always in effect.

The following outlines essential Threenager hiding tactics.

#10:  H’nS Classic: The Curtains. In this Classic H’nS move, cover your head.  Covering the lower half is not required.

The beauty of sheer curtains - Big Sis can still see you.

The beauty of sheer curtains – Big Sis can still see you.

#9: Blankets … because no one is going to notice that lump on the couch! Similar to the curtains, enhance this move by allowing tiny piggy toes to peek out the bottom of the blanket.  As a side note, remember, hydration is key, especially when hiding under blankets for extended periods of time (you know … 15-20 seconds).  Ensure Threenager has access to a sippy cup.

Nothing to see here

Nothing to see here

Oh wait!  She is under there.  Hide and Seek is tiring - time for a refreshment break.

Oh wait! She is under there. Hide and Seek is tiring – time for a refreshment break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8: Group Sport … H’nS is always more fun with a friend. Cousin’s, Nana’s and dogs add to the fun.  I would never have expected to find multiple people hiding in a large box in my entrance (especially when the box was moving and giggling).

Not just for singles. Hide and Seek is a group sport too!

It's always better with a friend.

It’s always better with a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7: Out pops the Weasel!  No need to wait for a 10 count.  You can pop out any time, screaming “I’m here! I’m here!” … and then continue to use the same hiding spot for the next 5 rounds.

I'm here! I'm here!

I’m here! I’m here!

#6: Blend … just blend. When you are in a hurry, just drop to the ground, lie motionless, and try to blend in.  Contrasting patterns will throw the searcher off course.

Camouflage

Camouflage

#5: Inanimate objects with lifelike features. While some people may think poles with ponytails is a giveaway – well – they’re just wrong.  This is another classic Threenager hiding tactic.  Don’t knock it.

Anyone else find it odd that the post has a ponytail?

Anyone else find it odd that the post has a ponytail?

#4: If you are off the ground, wrapped in a hammock … no one will find you. Just because you can see through the hammock doesn’t mean this is not a legitimate hiding spot.  The open space under the hammock provides an optical illusion, distracting the searcher from finding the hiders.

Cocoon - the movie brought to life.

Cocoon – the movie brought to life.

 #3: Look away and no one will see you. Hiding spots don’t need to have four sides, especially when you can look away from the main opening.

Look away ... just look away

Look away … just look away

 #2: Mobile Hiding Unit. This is perfect for hiding on the go.  Especially in stores, when your ‘rents want to ensure you are safe.  It provides the necessary level of panic and humour, depending on the day, and whether or not you notice the Threenager disappear.

Unfortunately ... the giggling buggy is a bit of a give-away

Unfortunately … the giggling buggy is a bit of a give-away

 #1: The Rubbermaid. A newer move, and my personal favourite.  Your Threenager can use this anytime.  In my household it tends to come out at times when you weren’t even aware you were playing H’nS.  Sometimes you need to ask for clarification.  H’nS always works better when the Threenager has to explain that she is hiding from you.

This spot works well both for Hide and Seek and for avoiding bedtime.  It's like she is a cameleon.

This spot works well both for Hide and Seek and for avoiding bedtime. It’s like she is a chameleon.

Tue, August 5 2014 » Uncategorized

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