Activity #180: Play the shell game

To prepare your baby for the fact that life is hard and he may eventually be earning a living playing con-games against tourists on the streets of New York City, you’ll want to introduce him to the shell game.

Take 3 plastic bowls or cups and put them face down on the ground after first showing him which one his cheerio is underneath. Swap the positions of the bowls and cups and then let baby flip one over.

I use cups that are somewhat see through, so I’m not really testing Julian’s sense of object permanence, but I think it’s fun to see him make a choice and pick up one of the cups.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.