Many cultures have a Peek-a-boo Game that’s played with little kids. First you hide the child’s face behind a cloth, a hand or another object. Then you say "Peek-a-boo!" Next you quickly take the object away from the child’s face and say, "I see you!"
A similar game called "Bo-peep" has been around since at least the 1500’s. (1) In that game the child’s face is covered and when the object is removed the adult says, "Bo-peep!"
Slightly older children play Peek-a-boo by hiding themselves or their face (instead of the adult doing it). It’s a big achievement for a child to be the one to initiate the game.
Here’s a video showing a child playing Peek-a-boo…
Does anyone on here know the old German version of Peek a boo. Sounds like ‘MU MU GEEKS’… I remember my mother playing this with my children. On ‘geeks’ you showed your face… on ‘MU MU’ you cover your face with your hands… it could be ‘moo moo geeks’!
I found that they normally say "kuckuck" in German for "peek-a-boo". That literally means "cuckoo". In France they say "coucou" (cuckoo).
Here’s a video of the game in French…
If anyone knows anything about "moo moo geeks", please let us know in the comments below. We’d also love to learn the phrases you use to play "peek-a-boo" in your language.
(1) Source: Merriam Webster
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