They don't yet fully grasp the concept of the game. This became abundantly clear very early on.
The first time they hid, I found them under the miniature trampoline, giggling raucously. The second time they hid under the trampoline, again, and I found them giggling raucously, again. The third time they hid...wait for it...under the trampoline and I found them giggling raucously, yet again. At this point, I decided to count right next to the trampoline.
|"Hiding" under the trampoline.|
I gave them additional time to find a new spot. No sooner than I yelled "ready or not, here I come", I heard them yelling back, and giggling raucously. They were yelling "we're behind the couch Papa!".
I found them, as you might suspect, behind the couch.
They then hid behind the couch, under the trampoline, and behind the couch again. Yelling at me each time to let me know where they were.
Even when Mama helped them find a new spot, they gave away their positions instantly. Every time they hid, they hid together, which was pretty cute.
We worked on this a few times, with me helping them hide and Mama doing the seeking. The last time they hid, I made them go to their own spots. As Mama started to seek, they each yelled out their positions, and she found them.
So they've yet to perfect hiding, but I'm glad to say the last time they hid they did take two or three seconds before giving themselves away, so we're making progress!