Hiding is a popular play activity among children.
From running to the best spot to kneeling, disappearing from playmates’ view, keeping still to avoid revealing any clue, waiting patiently, the excitement of remaining hidden and the pleasure of finally being discovered… these different steps promote children’s motor, psycho-motor and emotional development.
Games of hide and seek also improve cognitive capabilities as they require memory, concentration and reasoning. They help children learn to follow rules and understand their importance in achieving a shared objective and playing enjoyably together.
There are numerous hiding places in outdoor play structures: inside a play house, under the platform of multi-play equipment, behind a fence, etc.