Players: 2+

Materials: enthusiasm

Time: 5+ minutes

Targets: giving and following instructions, vocabulary

Basic Idea: One player called Simon instructs classmates to do certain actions. Players continue playing or are out based on how well they follow specific instructions.

 

Instructions:

  1. Choose one person to give instructions. This person is “Simon.” The other players listen and follow instructions.
  2. When the person playing Simon shouts, “Simon says” plus a command, the listeners must do as Simon commands.

Simon: “Simon says say hello.”

Players: “Hello!”

  1. If Simon doesn’t say, “Simon says” then the listeners should not do what Simon commanded.

Simon: “Say hello.”

Player 1: “Hello!”

Simon: “You’re out player 1!”

  1. When a player does something that Simon doesn’t say, that player is out and must sit down or move off to the side/ back of the classroom.

Simon: “Simon says turn left.”

Player 1 turns left.

Player 2 turns right.

Simon: “You’re out player 2!”

  1. When a player doesn’t do something that Simon says to do, that player is out and must sit down or move off to the side/ back of the classroom.

Simon: “Simon says say hello.”

Player 1 : “Hello!”

Player 2: “…”

Simon: You’re out player 2!

 

Tips

  • This is an excellent game for reviewing action verbs and body parts. The more actions you get players to do and the faster you get players to do them, the more likely they are to fail. Start slowly and build speed.

 

[box type=”tick”]This is an excellent game for reviewing action verbs and body parts. The more actions you get players to do and the faster you get players to do them, the more likely they are to fail. Start slowly and build speed.[/box]