Simon Says

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten

Equipment: None

Space requirements: On-the-spot

Activity description

  • One child is designated Simon, who stands at the front of the group.
  • Simon tells the other children what to do however, the other children only obey the command it is starts with “Simon says…” For example, If Simon says, “Simon says touch your nose”, then the other children touch their nose. If Simon says, “Jump up and down”, the other children should not jump up and down.
  • In the traditional version of the game, children who do not follow Simon’s commands, or who follow a command when Simon didn’t say “Simon says…” children are eliminated.
  • In this variation of the game, children aren’t eliminated. Everyone continues to play the game after completing a physical task such as 10 jumping jacks.
  • Change Simon often.

Skill development:

  • Physical skills: movement skills; spatial awareness
  • Non-physical skills: listening and following instructions; critical thinking; self-discovery; creative play

Adjust the challenge:

  • Use less vigorous on-the-spot activities such as touching your toes, clapping your hands or reaching up high while on your tip toes.
  • Increase the physicality of the tasks and encourage full body movement.
Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), No equipment required, On-the-spot, S-Z

Share

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Print an Activity

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Find an Activity

More activities to try

  • Blanket Catch
    Age: Kindergarten Equipment: Ball, blanket or sheet Space requirements: Open space Activity...
  • Gentle Stretching
    Age: Infant Equipment: None Space requirements: On-the-spot Activity description: Lay y...
  • Do You See What I See?
    Age: Infant Equipment: Black and white or brightly coloured infant toy Space requirements: On-...
  • Noodle Hockey
    Age: Preschool, Kindergarten Equipment: Pool noodles, ball Space requirements: Open space A...
  • Colour Cones
    Age: Preschool Equipment: Dome cones Space requirements: Open space Activity description: ...
  • Jump and Land Circuit
    Age: Kindergarten Equipment: Low hurdles, hula hoops, benches Space requirements: Open space ...