Here’s how three- and four-year-olds are playing hide and seek these days. One person counts to twenty while the other two (usually the three- and four-year-olds) hide. It doesn’t matter what order the numbers are in, as long as you start with one and finish with twenty. We think people who put the numbers in the same order every time are kind of conventional and boring. That’s just how we roll.
If you’re the one hiding, don’t hide where nobody can find you, or you might get in trouble. If you’re the one seeking, if you look long enough and say the right magic words (“Where’s Kylie?” “Where’s Aiden?”), you’ll hear giggling and won’t have to work very hard from there. There are no winners and losers, except those people who don’t play. And when you’re in the right company, everybody plays.