Why You Should Play Hide and Seek

Why You Should Play Hide and Seek

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite game to play with your kids?

The other day, I knew I wasn’t being a playful parent.

In fact, lately, there’s been a lot taking my husband away from our Sunday family time. And with Saturdays being filled with activities like gymnastics and theater, the weekends were feeling L O N G.

Perhaps I’m not the only one who gets into that sort of rut. The waiting-around rut.

Nothing bugs me more than having to wait around for others. But, next thing you know, you’re waiting. One hour turns to three and you’re mad.

This past Sunday I decided to put an end to it.

So I made our favorite oatmeal raisin cookies (recipe below) and then asked the girls to play hide and seek with me. Their little faces lit up and were so excited.

We had the best time!

And then we ate cookies.

A lot of cookies.

This is the first post in a series I plan to write based on all the concepts in my book, The Playful Family. My book is full of tons of ideas to do as a family but it’s also a parenting style. It’s the kind of parenting style that gets you off the couch, off your phone and engaging more with your life. You know, living fully. These posts — and some will be by contributors — are all meant to get you thinking about this playful living lifestyle.

The Playful Family Series

Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Play Hide and Seek

1. You get to sit quietly for a few minutes and count and breathe. To ensure proper quiet time, count to 30 or even 40!

2. You get to stifle your laughter as you stand in the bathtub, realizing the floor was still wet from your own shower.

3. You can see how creative your kids are with their hiding places. My daughters hid three times and I could NOT FIND them because they so easily hid in the tiniest of places.

4. It’s an exhilarating feeling to run and hide before you get caught.

5. You’ll just feel so alive while being so playful. Seriously.

There are a lot of ways to play this game. My friend Liz and her children play hide and seek in the dark with flashlights at home. We’ve also played flashlight tag in the dark outside. I’m still a fan of the traditional way to play.

And, here’s those cookies!

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (from QuakerOats.com)

Image by Vegan Feast Catering
Image by Vegan Feast Catering


  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins


Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min


Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS. VARIATIONS: Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. Substitute 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit. HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT:  Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.




11 Responses to Why You Should Play Hide and Seek

  1. Thanks for this! Hide and seek is such an easy way to play with kids – no prep required and we all love it! I forgot about it and haven't played it in a while… tonight I'll make a point of it :)

  2. Brie is still a bit young to hide and seek herself (we still want her in sight!) so instead we’ve been hiding Easter eggs around the house. My husband and I take turns with her and we all have such a blast! Love this idea. xo.

  3. I did this tonight and it was AWESOME! I had dishes to put away, paperwork to sort out, and work emails to answer but I just put it all down and played a long game of hide & go seek. Thank you for such a great spontaneous idea!

  4. i love that your problem is that your kids hide too well. Mine is the opposite. I have to stifle laughter and try not to catch my three year old sons eye as I “try to find him” and he stands in the corner of the room with his eyes shut. Still an awesome game though and you are definitely right about the breather you get from counting.
    I’m sharing your post on the Sunday Parenting Party Pinboard

  5. […] know you’re outside saying ready, set, go … or counting to 20 for a game of hide and seek and all you can think about is that you have to go in and start dinner before the meltdowns […]

  6. […] Use the stove to cook popcorn. Make s’mores the real way, outside with a fire, if you can. Play hide and seek. Modern technology is great — and 90 percent of the week it saves us so much time and hassle. […]

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