Have you ever played Simon Says? Most of us remember it as a fun, challenging game that seems easy at first but in reality is hard to master. For those who grew up playing it, you may recall it being difficult to make up Simon Says ideas during the excitement of the game. In this guide, we’ll show you some of the best Simon Says ideas and some tips to come up with your own to make your games more fun!
Don’t forget to check out our guide for relay races for more game ideas!
How To Play Simon Says
Simon Says is a classic; a game so popular that it has its own (although, not family-friendly) movie. But if you’re one of the 13 people in the world who hasn’t heard of it or someone who just needs a refresher, here’s how you play:
One person is picked as Simon, and the others are the players. Simon’s role is to tell the players what to do, but there’s a catch: the players must only obey commands that begin with the words “Simon says”. Here’s an example of how the game is played:
1.“Simon says touch your nose”.
2.“Simon says stand on one foot”.
3. “Simon says jump on one foot”.
Those who stop are out! Because the instruction was not preceded by “Simon says”.
5.“ Simon says stop”.
Now they can stop.
And the game goes on… until there’s just one player standing.
Simon Says Ideas
- Simon says swing a wand.
- Simon says jump like a monkey.
- Simon says laugh like Santa.
- Simon says cry like a baby.
- Simon says moo like a cow.
- Simon says walk like a duck.
- Simon says crawl like a baby.
- Simon says roar like a lion.
- Simon says rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time.
- Simon says hop like a frog.
- Simon says spin like a top.
- Simon says fly like a bird.
- Simon says wiggle your toes.
- Simon says sing.
- Simon says hug yourself.
- Simon says stick out your tongue.
- Simon says tickle your friend.
- Simon says do a silly dance.
- Simon says act like your friend.
- Simon says dance the chacha.
- Simon says (point at something <insert color>) e.g: “Simon says point at something green”.
- Simon says stand in 2 equal groups.
- Simon says stand in pairs.
- Simon says pretend to sneeze.
- Simon says clap.
- Simon says wave.
- Simon says swim.
- Simon says go for a walk.
You could also check out this video for a Simon says song.
Tips To Be A Great Simon
The game is really fun for participants, but it can be challenging to be a Simon. If your commands are difficult to follow, then most kids won’t or can’t do them. On the other hand, making it too easy to follow or repeating other commands can make the game get boring quickly.
But what if I gave you the blueprint to be the best Simon out there – to become Simon, The Great!
Becoming a great Simon is simple if you consider the following rules:
You want to vary the speed with which you deliver your commands. Keem them guessing. One second you might be giving out a single command a minute, and the next you give 3 instructions within a few seconds.
Adding a variation to the speed at which you deliver commands is a great way to keep them cheery and giggling throughout the whole game. You could also issue 3 commands at the same time: 2 Simon says commands and one without. Only those who follow the “Simon says” commands in the correct sequence remain. If they follow all three commands they’re out.
Increase the complexity of your commands, or maybe even change up the words you use. Instead of saying “touch your tummy” say “clutch your abdomen”.
Adding in complicated words to describe simple tasks is a great way to get kids to learn and understand new words. You could start your instruction with “Timon says” instead of Simon as a way to trick the other players, as well.
Simon Says Games Based on Age
The is probably the most important factor when picking commands. The age of your participants is crucial to understanding what commands you should be giving. An 11-year-old, for example, may not enjoy the command “wiggle your finger” as much as a toddler would.
For Children Under 7 years
Keep the tasks as simple as possible. Increase the speed slowly and be mindful of your language. Kids may not be able to understand every word or concept you talk about.
For Kids 7-15 years old
These guys are the most entertaining age. They’re old enough to follow most instructions, yet young enough to really enjoy the game. You want to issue instructions that are somewhat challenging but nothing overly complex.
A nice way to make the game challenging is to randomly change speeds. Mix motor actions, voice making, spelling words, etc. It’s a good idea to have creative twists and sudden pauses.
For Players Ages 15 and Above
For more mature players, it’s a great idea to increase complexity with time, use random speeds, and random context switches as well. Don’t be afraid to bore them a little before suddenly making the game challenging. Players over 15 love challenges and are pretty competitive, so keep that in mind as you’re giving them instructions.
Hopefully, reading this article gave you some great tips for your next Simon Says game. If you have additional suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments below. We’ll update the article with your ideas to make this the most thorough guide for Simon Says ideas. Now that you’ve got new ideas, go have some fun!