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Simon Says Interactive Game

A simple free online version of the memory game we know from childhood. Observe the buttons as they flash in a sequence then repeat the sequence by pressing the buttons yourself. Each time you answer correctly the sequence begins again but with another button added. This game is an excellent way to exercise your short term memory. Music Game for Kids! Simon Says song.★Get this song on iTunes: Something went wrong:Ruffle has encountered a major issue whilst trying to initialize. It seems like this page uses JavaScript code that conflicts with Ruffle.

An interactive game based on the concept of Simon Says was developed using Max MSP, a visual programming language targeted for working with audio, visual media and computing. Just like the classic memory game, the program generates a unique string of random notes which the user tries to match in order to score the longest sequence. For the purpose of this game’s demonstration, the number was set arbitrarily at 20.

A user flowchart was also created in order to map out all the user’s possible actions.

In the video below, the circles in the white area represent the sequence generated by the program, while the purple section is a visual representation of what the user touches in terms of the physical game.

Further game development considerations included making the characteristics of the button better such that it afforded a more instinctive pushing/touching experience.

The cool thing about mindfulness is that you can practice during ordinary activities and even make familiar games a mindfulness practice.

Any routine activity can be made into a mindfulness practice when you bring your full attention to it, but these games are perfect for nurturing mindfulness.

You can introduce the concept of mindfulness to kids with games like Jenga and Simon Says. Now that sounds like a lot of fun, right?

Simon Says Interactive Game

When I teach mindfulness to adults, I like to mix in some kids activities to make it playful on occasion.

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be so serious.

Especially with kids you want to make it fun and engaging to keep your practice going.

The following games help children to learn:

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focusing skills,

body awareness,

and how to calm down.

Ready, set, PLAY!

1. Mindful game: Balancing on one foot

Purpose: Body awareness, Focus, Awareness, Mindful seeing

Best For: Ages 3+, groups or one-on-one

What you need: Nothing

This is a simple game to develop focus and body awareness. It can be used to combat boredom while standing in a line, for example.

Ask your child to focus her gaze on a point slightly below eye level. Then ask her to stand on one leg and keep her gaze on the focal point. How long can she balance like this?

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Try the other leg. To make it more difficult, engage your child in conversation. Ask her to sing something or to balance with her eyes closed. With a group of kids, you can see who can balance the longest time.

See if balancing becomes easier when you add mindful breathing to it.

2. Mindful game: Jenga

Purpose: Body awareness, Focus, Awareness, Understanding emotions

Best For: Ages 6+, one-on-one

What you need: Jenga the game

Jenga isn’t just for kids–it’s a lot of fun for everyone. It teaches you how to pay attention, too. You can make it mindful by asking your child to pay attention to whatever it is that distracts her from the game.

Is she able to notice what made her lose focus?

Did thoughts or emotions make her lose concentration?

How about if you ask her tough questions as you play?

See how the game changes when you find a calm and clear mind. Try a few mindful breaths and see how it affects the results. Get Jenga here.

3. Mindful game: Pennies game

Purpose: Detail Awareness, Focus, Awareness

Best For: Ages 3+, groups or one-on-one

What you need: One penny for each player, a basket

Everyone gets a penny and a minute to study it in detail. The pennies are then placed back in the basket. Each player has to pick their penny out of all the pennies and say how they knew it was theirs. This game can be played with different objects.

4. Mindful game: Balancing relay

Purpose: Body awareness, Focus, Awareness

Best For: Ages 5+, groups or one-on-one

What you need: A spoon and some water (or a spoon and a potato) per team

Similar to the egg-and-spoon race, this game teaches both focus and body awareness. The idea is to carry a spoon full of water to the next kid without spilling a drop. You can make it into a relay race if you are playing with a group of kids. To take it to the next level, ask your child to walk backwards or sideways while balancing the spoon.

5. Mindful game: Simon Says

Purpose: Mindful listening and seeing, Focus, Awareness

Best For: Ages 4+, groups or one-on-one

What you need: Room to move

The classic Simon Says game uses both mindful seeing and listening skills. When the leader (the designated Simon) issues her command verbally and shows what to do visually, kids are challenged to pay attention to both visual and auditory input and discern whether or not to act.

The clue is that there’s a conflict between what they see visually and what they are instructed to do verbally.

Remember, you are only allowed to act when the leader says “Simon says” before the instruction.

We tend to act without thinking, and this game demonstrates just that.

Simon Says is a fun way to practice mindfulness by paying attention to outer experiences.

Here’s how the game works.

Choose who will take the role of Simon. It’s best if you model first. Next, Simon stands in front of the player(s) and issues instructions for physical actions and shows how to do them.

The instructions should be followed only if prefaced with the phrase “Simon says”.

Players win when they follow an instruction that is preceded by the phrase “Simon says”.

Players fail if they perform the action without the “Simon says” phrase or if they fail to perform the action when the phrase “Simon says” is used before the instruction.

If you want keep the game less competitive, you don’t have to eliminate players when they fail.

When you play with just one child, you can decide to switch roles when the player fails three times.

It doesn’t matter if you can actually perform the physical tasks, an attempt is enough. The ability to distinguish fake commands is what matters in this fun game.

Here are some amusing examples:

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Simon says play air guitar. Simon demonstrates playing air guitar.

Simons says waddle like a penguin. Simon does a penguin impression.

Simon says cry like a baby. Simon cries like a baby.

Simon says tickle your feet. Simon tickles his feet.

Simon says giggle. Simon giggles.

Simon says freeze. Simon freezes.

Simon says spin around once. Simon spins around.

Simon says spin around twice. Simon spins around twice.

Spin around three times. Simon spins around thrice.

Did you attempt to spin around after this last command?

If you spun around, you failed. Simon didn’t say “Simon says” before the command. :-)

When you are done playing, talk about the experience. Ask your child if it was hard or easy to pay attention to the instructions. Was it hard to pay attention to the instructions when they were excited and having fun?

Discuss how paying attention to what we see and hear could be helpful.

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I hope that you enjoyed these ideas.

You can find this and 150 more playful mindfulness games and activities in my book:

Wishing you many mindful moments :-)

Chris Bergstrom

Chief Mindfulness Ninja @ Blissful Kids

Ultimate Mindfulness Activity Book: 150 Playful Mindfulness Activities for Kids and Teens

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Chris Bergstrom is a bestselling mindfulness author, the founder of, a blog dedicated to children’s mindfulness, and a dad who is thrilled to practice mindfulness with his son. He is a certified mindfulness facilitator and trained to teach mindfulness to students in K-12. He’s also known as “the dad who tried 200+ mindfulness activities” and has taught meditation for more than 15 years.