How To Play Simon Says

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How To Play Simon Says

The classic game Simon Says is a fantastic no-prep game that children absolutely love. It helps to teach children listen skills and how to follow instructions. Simon Says can be used as a warm up activity, a time filler activity, or simply as a fun game to keep kids entertained. If you’re not sure how to play Simon Says, don’t worry. Below, we will explain how to play Simon Says and detail the rules of Simon Says. Let’s get started.

How To Play Simon Says

To play Simon Says, first choose child to be ‘Simon’. This child will then stand at the front and give instructions to other children. If this child says “Simon says…” before giving the instruction, for example “Simon says touch your nose.”, then everyone should follow that instructions. If ‘Simon’ does not say “Simon says…” before the instruction, the children who still follow that instruction are out and must sit down. After about 5 minutes, the children left standing are the winners.

How To Play Simon Says On Zoom

These days more and more schools are switching to virtual learning and teaching online via zoom. Luckily, it is still possible to play Simon Says on Zoom. To play Simon Says on Zoom, first make sure all students’ webcams are turned on their volume is turned up loud so that they can hear ‘Simon’. Next, ask all students to stand up and step back so that you can see their upper body on Zoom. Then, choose one student to be ‘Simon’ and ask that student to give instructions using the structure “Simon Says clap your hands.“. Just like in the offline version of the game, if a student follows the instructions when ‘Simon’ doesn’t say “Simon Says…”, then that student is out and must sit down.

Examples Of What To Say In Simon Says

It can be little difficult to come up of many different instructions when playing Simon Says. To help you out, here are some ideas of what to say in Simon Says.

  • Simon says stand up.
  • Simon says sit down.
  • Simon says touch your nose.
  • Simon says touch your ears.
  • Simon says wiggle your toes.
  • Simon says jump.
  • Simon says wave your arms.
  • Simon says make a silly face.
  • Simon says bend your knees.
  • Simon says raise your hands.
  • Simon says touch your head.
  • Simon says clap your hands.
  • Simon says walk like a penguin.
  • Simon says smile.
  • Simon says rub your tummy.
  • Simon says pat your head.
  • Simon says wave your hands.
  • Simon says close your eyes.
  • Simon says bark like a dog.
  • Simon says comb your hair.
  • Simon says wiggle your fingers.
  • Simon says act like a monkey.
  • Simon says make a sad face.

What Children Learn By Playing Simon Says

Now that you know how to play Simon Says, let’s look at some of the benefits to playing Simon Says with children. First of all, Simon Says is super fun, and children learn best when they have playing and having fun. Not only is Simon Says super fun though, it is also a great way to help children develop various skills. Children can learn the following skills by playing Simon Says:

  • Listening Skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Self-regulation
  • Body awareness
  • Memory skills
  • Visual perception
  • Vocabulary skills
  • Thinking skills
  • Gross motor skills.

Thanks for reading. I hope you now have a better understanding of how to play Simon Says. Before you go, before to check out our list of Games Like Simon Says for more variations of this classic kids game.