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Simon says


Simon says

What to do with this activity?

This is a great game for getting a child to listen carefully before they respond. When they know the rules, it will be fun to play it with other children, perhaps at a party.

1. Get your child or children to stand facing you.
2. Tell them that they should copy your orders only if you first say the words “Simon Says”.
3. Tell them that they are out of the game if they follow an order that doesn't begin with "Simon says," or if they fail to do what Simon says they should do.
4. Begin by saying something like "Simon says, put your finger on your nose.”
5. Then check to see if everyone has put their finger on their nose.
6. Give another order such as, "Simon says, stand on one foot." Check again.
7. Continue giving orders. Mix it up and say something like "Raise your right hand," without saying "Simon says" first.
8. If someone puts up their right hand, then they are out of the game.
9. Play until one person is left. That is the winner.
10. Let that person give the commands for the next round.

You can find ways to catch them out. For instance, relax and say something like "Straighten up the line," in a casual manner. Several players will comply (and they'll be out).

  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.

  • How can I do more?

    Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too. 

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