Object Permanence


Play is great fun, but structured play teaches your baby about the world and it is a great way for your baby to learn some early STEM skills.

Object Permanence Games:

  • Play peek a boo
  • Hide toys under blanket or scarves and help your baby find them
  • Play with toys that hide such as jack in the box or pop up toys
  • While playing these games, say “Where did it go?” and “There he is!”
  • Cover your eyes, then say “Where’s mommy/daddy?” Then uncover your eyes and say, “Here I am!”
  • Cover your baby’s eyes and say, “Where’s Henry?” Then uncover his eyes and say, “There you are.” He is also learning pronouns.
  • Step out of the room but continue taking to him so he hears your voice, then pop back in the room.
  • Talk to her while you are in the car. He is riding backwards, so he can’t see you, but by hearing your voice he knows you are still there.


Barbre. J. (2017). Baby Steps to STEM Infant and Toddler: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Activities. Redleaf Press.