Play with infants and toddlers is generally focused on a one-on-one interaction between child and caregiver. This one-on-one interaction allows caregivers to help infants and toddlers develop physical, social, and emotional skills through play. The role of the caregiver during play is to talk to children and facilitate language development through open-ended questions.
Two examples of popular games caregivers play with infants and toddlers are peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake. These games function as a strategy for teaching children crucial early life skills.
Peek-a-boo taps into the object permanence center of the brain. Pat-a-cake not only reinforces a toddler's gross and fine motor skills through the movement of the arms and the touching of hands, but it also encourages language development through sing-a-long.