Simon Says is a classic outdoor game that young children love. But in the traditional game, the children who need the most practice with either listening skills or identifying body parts often are the first to be eliminated! Check out our new version that features many of the classic Simon Says commands, but does a whole lot more to promote your child’s development and listening skills.
Two space markers (such as carpet squares, hula hoops, or poly spots)
What You Do:
Invite your child to stand in one of the space markers.
Explain that she or he should do as you say only when the command is preceded by the words “Simon says.”
Issue commands like those here, sometimes saying ‘Simon says,” and sometimes not.
Raise your arms.
Touch your toes.
Wiggle your nose.
Bend and touch your knees.
Make a funny face.
Touch your head.
Touch your shoulders
Stand on one foot.
Blink your eyes.
Stand up tall.
Pucker up your lips.
Put hands on hips.
Reach for the sky.
Give yourself a hug!
If your child obeys a command not preceded by “Simon says,” he or she simply moves from one space marker to the other.
As your child becomes more adept at this game, increase the challenge by increasing the tempo at which you call out the commands. Expect lots of giggles!
Rae Pica is a children's physical activity specialist and the author of A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child (Da Capo Press, 2006) and Great Games for Young Children (Gryphon House, 2006).