Kuyakoy and 10 Other Baby Tricks Pinoys Learned From Lola

My mom always ask Mila to do "Close Open" even when she was just newly born. I notice too that when we meet other Lolas, they ask Mila to do any one of the tricks listed below like it's something all babies are born knowing. I guess it's because during their time, these are what they teach their babies.

Peek-a-Boo


Eat Bulaga - aka It-Bulaga or Peek-a-boo. Lola covers her eyes or hides face saying "Iiiiiiittt" for as long as she's "missing". Then suddenly, magically pops into view shouting "Bulaga"! Then it's baby's turn to hide.

Close Open - Baby closes and opens hands while lola holds it up high for everyone to see, chanting Close Open,  Close Open.

Kuyakoy - Babies seat in between Lola's legs in a way that those darling little legs are hanging so they can swing them in alternate directions to the tune of Lola's Kuyakoy beat.

Alayn - Lola slowly moves pointer finger closer to baby until the tips of Lola and baby's index fingers "align". Babies can do this themselves with both hands too.

Flying Kiss - Baby covers mouth with her hand to kiss it then points to Lola to send it flying. No kissing in the mouth so flying kiss it is. Mmmmwah!

Beautiful Eyes - varies with each baby but generally has cutie batting those long lashes. Melts Lola's heart each time.

Wave - Hi, hello, bye, notice me please. They all warrant for a wave. Hands up, moving to and fro. Or for some babies, just throwing hands and arms on all directions.

Arimunding-munding - A version of the wave but more like a beauty quuen or a royalty. Lola again holds hands up high for viewing pleasure while singing, what else, "Arimunding munding munding. Arimunding munding munding".

Clap - Put hands together to make a sound, accompanied by a Yehey!

Apir - aka high five. A version of clap but baby smacks hand with Lola high up. Good job!

Recognize them? My mom still teaches Mila these baby tricks and it had been their way of bonding when she visits. Most modern parents may find them funny or obsolete. If you would look at them closely though, these are simple plays that helps with baby's development. These help improve their hand and legs control. Alayn requires fine motor skills to master. Social skills are practiced with each flying kiss and wave. They learn the concept of object permanence playing eat bulaga. Almost all of these comes with an accompanying song to get their interest and help with listening skills too. Babies feel proud and encouraged to learn more when they get an apir or a clap. And lolas' eyes light up with pride too!

Does you baby know these tricks? What other "old school" tricks their lola though your baby?

24 comments:

  1. we do or used to do all of them with our twins, except arimunding-munding :) kung minsan nage-evolve din, like we don't do close open anymore but they do the same action when we sing twinkle little star. classic din for some reason ang "where's the light?" - and it's also my surefire way of getting them to look up during bath time so I can wash their necks :)

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    1. I agree with the twinkle twinkle. Nice tip for the bath time ha. I'll try it too. :)

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  2. Skye can now do Close Open and Arimunding. Hahahaha! And you are right, it's the lolo and lola who taught her that trick.

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    1. For sure lola and lola are so proud of Skye

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  3. I am not familiar with "Alayn" and "Kuyakoy", I do remember my husband's aunt who helped us take care of our eldest for a few month. She taught him how to dance Itaktak mo,haha.

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  4. I wasn't aware of "Arimunding munding munding" until I heard my husband sing it to our little girl. Tawang-tawa ako!

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    1. Haha. Yeah, I find the song funny too. Plus your husband singing it, oh my.

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  5. Hahahah learned a lot from the oldies! :) Every Pinoy toddlers know these tricks!

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    1. Exactly! I found them corny before. Until I got Mila and realized its sense.

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  6. Gah ang cute ng post na to! Yuri's lola also taught him almost everything in your list except fun sa arimunding munding hahaha. Di siguro bagay sa boy!

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    1. Thanks, Marie. Yup, hindi nga siguro bagay sa boy kasi may pilantik ng daliri.

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  7. I agree.. these "traditional tricks" really help with babies' development. That's why I also do this with Audric. So far, he already learned to do "close-open", "high-five", "clap clap" and "arms-up".. :)

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    1. Great job Audric and Mommy. It promotes bonding time too while playing, right?

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  8. Naku almost all tricks ng baby ko she learned from my mom too! She is her first teacher kung baga hehehe I am not complaining though because she learned a lot and saves me some money instead of enrolling her early in a preschool, di ba?

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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  9. Yep, my kids went through all these! With the baby naman in the house, I go "nganga" and the baby would do a fierce Pnoy impersonation hehe (naku hope the PSG or Kris wont read this1

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  10. We do all of those too minus the kuyakoy and arimunding hehehe

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  11. my son first learned how to kuyakoy then clap... for some reason, he doesn't like doing close open :D

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  12. We did almost all of those and it's a fun way to interact with them and get them to learn something.

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  13. I think my daughter went through all of those that's listed here.My favorite is the flying kiss and beautiful eyes..LOL!

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  14. I can relate to this soooo much!! hahaha! My mom taught James to close open his hands. I taught naman alayn! Every child talaga has to undergo this eh no?! Heheh. Anyway, it was a great bonding and a milestone I consider din kasi they have learned something along the way.. =)

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  15. My son learned all of these from his Lola too. The Kuyakoy iba nga lang ang tawag nya, it's "booyabo" (not sure if my spelling is right hahaha)

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