Silly Simon Says

Simon Says is a classic game, beloved by many young children. It’s also a super effective way to get children moving, listening and following directions. The perfect start to a preschool drama class. You can also use it as a listening activity for ESL students! Simon Says has been played traditionally to bring some discipline in the proceedings when the children get restless. It is also played to improve children’s memory and concentration. They have to memorize what Simon says and perform the task as expected. Use Simon Says as a way to get them to stay seated. And then use a silly Simon Says command to get a laugh. It could look something like this: Simon Says sit right here. Simon says place your hands in your lap. Wiggle your arms! Oh you are good. I didn’t get you with that one. Simon says look at your sister. “Simon says” is a game to play with three or more people, where one of the participants is called “Simon”, that is, the one who directs the action. The others must do what Simon says. The trick is in the magic phrase that is, “Simon says”. Alphabet Simon Says Basic Instructions: According to Wikipedia: To play an “Alphabet” version of Simon Says, you can have the children imitate different letters of the alphabet.

Directions: This works well for groups of 10-20 people. Divide the large group into two teams. Both teams play Simon Says independently so there are two games running in parallel. It’s fun for the two teams to be just a short distance away from one another–close enough so that members can keep an eye on the other team’s game.

You probably remember the rules of traditional Simon Says: a caller says “Simon says: Put your hands on your head” etc. and players oblige. When the player sneaks in a command without prefacing it with ” Simon Says”, players are supposed to stand still. Those who follow the command are eliminated from the game. The last person left in wins.

The difference between No-Elimination Simon says game and the traditional versions is that a player isn’t out of the game if she does what the caller says to do in without saying “Simon says” first. He or she merely goes to the other team and plays the game with them.

Suzanne’s Note: This is a much more inclusive and jolly version of Simon Says than the classic version. I found this game in Terry Orlick’s excellent book “Cooperative Games and Sports.” For an extra level of cooperation, do what the players at a democratic ed conference in Portland showed me: Players take turns being the caller. Natch!

Simon says is a super funny game for kids. It’s not only silly game, but educational as well! It develops kids’ attention, leadership and listening skills. This game is very flexible, adaptable to various ages and groups of kids, which means that it can be easily played in every family or kids’ gatherings. I know, that it’s never easy to think of ideas and phrases. So, that‘s why I decided to gather the most popular Simon Says phrases for kids.

I am sure, after you read them all, you will be ready to surprise your kiddos. White noise baby sleep. Giggles in the backyard or living room are guaranteed!

Interesting facts about Simon Says game for kids

Simon Says is a very popular game in the whole world. It‘s called „Simon siger“ in Danish language, „Sabi ni Simon“ in Filipinos and it’s even popular in Iceland, where it has the name of „'Símon segir'. This game has been known for ages, and was originally called “Cicero dicit fac hoc” in Latin. The idea of this game was based on leadership and authority. That‘s the main concept of the game when all groups of people must carefully listen to leader commands.

A quick reminder how to play Simon Says game

The main goal of the game is to make all the players fall out of the game as quickly as possible. The main player is Simon, who says the commands. If you want to say a command, the sentence must start with the words „Simon says..“. When the sentence starts without words „Simon says“ it means that no one has to follow the command. If anyone from the team breaks this rule and follows Simon’s command, must leave the game. The last person to correctly follow Simons commands is the winner.

Silly simon says commands

Simon Says Phrases

  • Wiggle your toes (fingers).
  • Stick out your tongue.
  • Touch the floor.
  • Sit down.
  • Walk backwards
  • Jump on the spot.
  • Run on the spot.
  • Shake like jelly.
  • Tickle your belly
  • Clap your hands.
  • Bend your knees.
  • Clap your knees.
  • Pull on your ears.
  • Lie on your back (on your stomach).
  • Swim.
  • Cheesy grin.
  • Stand like Superman.
  • Pull a funny face.
  • Open your mouth wide.
  • Scrunch up your nose.
  • Shake your head (left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, head)
  • Look to the left (right, up, down)
  • Stamp your feet.
  • Rub your tummy.
  • Stretch out wide.
  • Move your arms like a train.
  • Flash your hands like a star.
  • Crisscross your feet.
  • Star jumps.
  • Wave your arms like an octopus.
  • Rub your ear like a cat.
  • Pat your head
  • Play your air guitar (air drums, air piano)
  • Point to something (insert color or shape)
  • Act like a monkey
  • Beep the horn
  • Brush your teeth
  • Climb a ladder
  • Close your eyes
  • Comb your hair
  • Cover your eyes
  • Crawl like a baby
  • Crouch down like a ball
  • Fly like a bird
  • Move in slow motion
  • Freeze
  • Hop like a frog
  • Hug someone
  • Hug yourself
  • Laugh like Santa

Silly Phrases

  • Moo like a cow
  • Move like a giant robot
  • Open and close your mouth like a fish
  • Pretend to sneeze
  • Reach for the sky
  • Roar like a lion
  • Be your favorite superhero
  • Scratch your head (nose)
  • Sing your favorite song
  • Smell your feet
  • Snap your fingers
  • Spin like a top
  • Stand in 2 equal groups
  • Stand in pairs
  • Pose like superman
  • Stand on 1 foot
  • Step to the left (right, forward, backward)
  • Swing use your magic wand to destroy the dragon
  • Take a large step forward
  • Tickle the person to your right
  • Wave your left hand
  • Be a beautiful butterfly princess!
  • Swing your arms
  • Spin around twice
  • Touch your head (hips, knees, toes, shoulders)
  • Turn like a ballerina
  • Waddle like a penguin
  • Walk on the spot
  • Wash your face
  • Wave your right hand
  • Yawn
  • Walk like a duck
  • Make the funniest face ever
  • Walk like a zombie
  • Do jumping jacks
  • Pretend to put on gloves
  • High-five your neighbor
  • Do the chicken dance
  • Wave your arms like an octopus

Silly Simon Says


Silly Simon Says Commands

Simon Says is quite easy to teach kids playing it. However, you should carefully think of the kids’ age if you want to keep it exciting and fun. Think about their sense of humor and things they like to do the most. If you want to keep it educational, you can play it with spelling commands. And if your children are learning a new language – you can play it using foreign language words. Feel free to use your full imagination and your kids will never stop enjoying this game.