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Important: the players must only obey commands that begin with the words ”Simon says”. For example, if Simon says, “Simon says play air guitar”, players must pretend to play a guitar. Then if Simon says “kiss your tummy”, WITHOUT first saying “Simon says,” players must not kiss. Haleakala Sunrise. Served with steamed rice or toast. Veggie Omelet Aloha Omelet Served with steamed rice. Kalua Pig, two eggs & steamed rice. 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. The idea behind this classic game is simple. If the leader (you) says Simon Says followed by a command your preschoolers need to touch their toes. On the other hand if you don’t say it, your kids are not to follow the command. Simon Says touch your toes! – Everyone touches their toes. Touch your toes! – No one touches their toes.

Simon Says is one of those classic games kids will always love. I played it frequently when I was teaching in the classroom and it was always a hit.

Try these funny Simon Says commands and your child will soon be begging you to play it again and again.

The best thing about this game is how educational it is. You can play it with just your child or a group of children.

Either way, everyone will have fun and, at the same time, develop some crucial skills for their development.

Here is a quick look at how much kids are learning during this game, followed by 70 funny Simon Says ideas that should also inspire you to make up your own fun commands.

What Skills Can Children Learn From a Game of Simon Says?

Your children will learn all kinds of skills by playing this game of funny actions! You can play it the traditional way, or you can change it up to teach a particular skill.

In this article, I have divided fun, silly commands into various skill sets. Pick one set at a time or play a few different Simon Says games to work on specific skills.

Feel free to alter and make up your own funny things to act out.

The sections go as follows:

  • Body awareness
  • Crossing the midline
  • Gross motor skills
  • Memory
  • Visual perception
  • Vocabulary and thinking skills

How to Play Simon Says

How do you play Simon Says? This game is really simple. Here are the basic rules:

  • One person is chosen to be Simon
  • Simon gives a command
  • Players must only obey the commands that start with “Simon says”
  • If you follow a command that doesn’t begin with “Simon says” you are out

70 Simon Says Commands to Develop Various Skills

Here is a list of the best Simon Says commands, divided into skill sets. These ideas can be used at home or in the classroom.

Body Awareness

As children grow, they naturally become aware of their body and its parts. Teaching them about their body develops body awareness, which is an important part of a child’s physical development.

They also need to learn how each body part works and its function. This will help them to have better control over their bodies. Here are ten commands to help your child learn this.

Commands to Build Body Awareness:

  1. Simon says point to your toes

2. Simon says touch your eyebrows

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3. Simon says touch your elbows

4. Simon says touch your ankle

5. Simon says touch your tongue

6. Simon says touch your left shoulder

7. Simon says touch your back

8. Simon says tickle your armpit

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9. Simon says touch your right knee

10. Simon says touch your fingernail

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Crossing the Midline

The midline is the imaginary line that vertically cuts the body in half. Children need to be able to cross the midline for a variety of activities, including tying their shoes or reaching for a toy.

The left and right hemispheres of the brain need to be working together in order to cross their midline.

It is important for a child to cross the midline so that they can do normal everyday activities like getting dressed or eating.

It also helps them to read more fluently as they rely on visual tracking to cross from the left side of the page to the right.

Commands to Help Cross the Midline:

11. Simon says hug yourself

12. Simon says touch both elbows at the same time

13. Simon says touch your right knee with your left hand

14. Simon says fold your arms

15. Simon says crisscross your legs

16. Simon says high five the person next to you (this can be Simon if playing with only one child)

17. Simon says dance for 10 seconds

18. Simon says touch your left shoulder with your right hand

19. Simon says wave your arms above your head

20. Simon says twist from side to side

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills involve movements that use the larger muscles in your body. This includes running, climbing, jumping, dancing, etc.

Using these muscles each and every day helps your child to strengthen and coordinate the muscles they need in order to function.

It is vital for your child to learn how to use the major muscles in their body to help them develop great balance and strength. It also helps them to be able to carry out regular movements with ease.

Commands to Develop Gross Motor Skills:

21. Simon says run around in a circle really fast

22. Simon says climb up the stairs (or on the couch or something nearby if you don’t have stairs)

23. Simon says roll over twice on the ground

24. Simon says walk backwards in a straight line

25. Simon says pretend to be a fish and swim around the room

26. Simon says do a crazy dance for 15 seconds

27. Simon says act like an elephant and swing your trunk around

28. Simon says move like your favourite animal

29. Simon says spin in a circle with your arms out

30. Simon says jump up and down ten times

Listening Skills

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Simon Says is one of the best games to teach your child good listening skills as each command requires listening to sets of information:

  • They have to identify if they must follow the command or not.
  • They then have to listen to understand what they must do.

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This helps your child learn to pay attention to important details along with learning to listen to instructions given.

These listening skills will help children to follow instructions at home, as well as throughout their schooling years.

You can make them as easy or as difficult as the child needs. Start off with simple instructions and make them more challenging as you go.

You can also speak quickly to see if they can keep up with you, or add words or phrases not related to the command.

Switch it up to make sure you are beginning with “Simon says” only for some and not all of them. Go back and forth to allow them to listen and follow correctly.

Commands to Improve Listening Skills:

31. Simon says bend over to touch your toes three times

32. Simon says clap five times in a row

33. Simon says spin in a circle, stopping in the same spot you began

34. Simon says solve this problem. Answer out loud as soon as you solve it. What is 5 x 3? (you can adapt this to fit their grade level and skills)

35. Simon says do six jumping jacks as fast as you can

36. Simon says touch each knee with the opposite hand

37. Simon says count to ten in your head. Raise your hand when you’re done

38. Simon says close your eyes and balance on one foot. You can choose which foot

39. Simon says pat yourself on the back because you are doing a great job!

40. Simon says meow like a cat. Then, bark like a dog

Here are more great listening activities for kids.

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Memory

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Similar to listening skills, you can give multiple instructions at one time to help your child remember what was said. Your child will have to practice listening and memorizing at the same time.

This will help your child when instructions are given and help them to do better at school. Again, you can alter these to make them more difficult, keeping age and concentration level in mind.

For this game, always say “Simon says” so your child can focus on remembering without also needing to listen to whether or not the command should be followed.

Commands to Improve Memory Skills:

41. Simon says turn around two times and then clap your hands

42. Simon says wiggle your nose. Then, smile and show your teeth

43. Simon says touch your right elbow with your left hand and your left knee with your right hand

44. Simon says touch your left earlobe at the same time as you touch your right knee

45. Simon says do three jumping jacks. Then, tap your head twice.

46. Simon says blink five times in a row. Then, turn your head to the left and say the word pig

47. Simon says act like a dog. Bark three times. Then sit down on the ground.

48. Simon says touch your toes on your right foot with your left hand. Then, stand up straight. Touch your left ear with your right hand.

49. Simon says put your hands on your head. Then turn around twice.

50. Simon says touch each of your fingers on each hand. Then do the same thing with your toes.

Playing Broken Telephone is another fun way to build memory.

Visual Perception

When you look at something, your brain will try to understand what it sees. This is visual perception.

In this version of the game, you will still say Simon Says, but the instructions will be silent. Instead, you will show the actions the children must follow.

This will help them develop strong visual perception, which is used almost every second of the day. Their brain will get stronger, and they will be able to understand more of what is going on around them.

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Commands to Build Visual Perception Skills:

51. Simon says (clap your hands, then hold your elbows with opposite hands)

52. Simon says (spin around in a circle)

53. Simon says (make a heart with your hands)

54. Simon says (play the flute)

55. Simon says (do a jumping jack)

56. Simon says (touch both earlobes at the same time)

57. Simon says (bend down to touch your toes)

58. Simon says (do silly dance moves)

59. Simon says (give yourself a hug)

60. Simon says (fold your arms and look side to side)

Another great way to work this skill would be to make a set of Simon Says action cards. Draw the actions on the cards and flash the cards one at a time. This takes a bit more concentration and brain power!

Vocabulary and Thinking Skills

In this variation, you can make your child Simon. He has to think of his own commands that you must follow. This helps to strengthen vocabulary as he must think of what to say and do.

If he is already reading, pass him this article to use these ideas as a start, and then continue making up his own. If your child is still young, he can just make up his own ideas.

Commands to Strengthen Vocabulary and Thinking Skills:

61. Simon says touch your bicep muscles

62. Simon says act like a kangaroo and jump up and down

63. Simon says stand on your left leg

64. Simon says twist from side to side

65. Simon says act like your favourite animal

66. Simon says pretend to play your favourite sport

67. Simon says do a specific exercise

68. Simon says sing your favourite song

69. Simon says act like you are sweeping the floors

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70. Simon says touch your elbows with the opposite hands, then do the same with your shoulders

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I hope you’ll enjoy using these ideas and strengthening your children’s skills through play.

Expose your kids to other games such as Musical Statues, the Odd One Out Game or a game of following directions to draw a picture and you will be building many great foundational skills while having fun.

Symon is first seen in an orphanage in the East End of London. Symon is a shy kid who isn’t as outspoken as the other participants on the show. We learn early on that Symon never knew his father and his mother suffered from depression thus being the reason for him to be in care. His father was black and his mother was white. Sadly, Symon suffered from prejudice from both sides. Although Symon has many setbacks, he has a humble and gentle nature for a 7 year old and is the only ‘coloured’ participant on the show.
At 14 Symon has left the home and we learn that he moved back in with his mother at 13. Like every teenager on the show much of his confidence has been lost as he struggles to look straight at the camera. His father appears to be the primary focus of his thoughts when he says “I don’t think having a father has an effect on me”. His downcast facial expression begs to differ and at this point our heart breaks for Symon as we can’t begin to even imagine how he must feel. Having no male role model in his life Symon says confidently that he wants to get married, have kids and be a good dad. He also aspires to be an engineer.
Seven years on and we see Symon working in a freezer room. When asked if he’s worth more than this, he replies with a curt no. He goes on to say that he could learn a trade if he wanted, that he won’t be there in the future and that he is still young. We are left wondering what happened to the ambitious bright boy who doesn’t appear to be reaching his full potential or really grabbing hold of the opportunities in life. Although his job doesn’t look very enjoyable he says that the team spirit amongst his colleagues makes him feel a sense of family. Speaking of family, Symon still lives with his mom and gets on pretty well with her, however her depression affects him greatly and he feels protective of her. Overall Symon is more confident and has a great fashion sense as we watch him mingle with Paul. The two boys may not have had the ideal upbringing however they have a sensitivity and gentleness that each of us should strive for.
A lot of things change over the next seven years. Symon is happily married with 5 kids! He chats happily with Apted saying he fell in love with Yvonne’s quiet nature. As the episode goes on we see that Symon is a really good dad and wants to watch his kids grow up, he encourages them and even exclaims that their smarter than he is. He says “they have everything, they have a father.” It made me really happy to see him being a loving and gentle dad although he never got to experience it himself. He’s extremely content and comfortable with life and his family. In terms of occupation, perhaps he’s a little too comfortable. At 21 he says that he won’t be at the freezer room in the future and that it’s only temporary. It wasn’t. Symon is still there and doesn’t appear interest in moving up the scale. He says that he doesn’t want to go far or push himself and that he just wants to live life easy. Despite his unambitious nature, Symon always says he ‘could’ do better.
Some good qualities in Symon include his carefree and calm nature. He’s very humble and isn’t interested in materials but really loves his family. Unfortunately Symon’s view on life is pretty narrow and doesn’t push himself to his fully potential. Hopefully things change in the next seven years.
Symon does not appear in 35 Up.

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When Symon re-joins the documentary we find out that he’s divorced and is remarried. His new wife gives him motivation, courage and bravery he doesn’t have. I was shocked to find out that he divorced. It was disappointing that his promised to love, cherish, watch his children grow up and be their father isn’t fulfilled. Symon has 2 more kids with his new wife. He appears to be estranged from the children in his previous marriage which is understandable. Amongst all the disaster, we learn that his mother died at 35 because of cancer. He regrets not telling her he loved her. This isn’t his only regret and he wishes he tried harder with his academics.
Between 42 and 49 we see an “older and wiser” Symon. He’s more relaxed and laidback than ever and we’re delighted to see that he and his wife have become foster parents. Symon has a new job at Heathrow airport doing freight work due to the freezer closing down. Symon often says in each episode that he could’ve pushed himself and had a better career although he also does say, ‘You don’t live to work, you work to live’. He says that run away teens find themselves at the airport not knowing where to go and Symon and his wife take these kids in and give them a home for as long as need be. He has a reunion with Paul and it’s nice to see the two bonding, laughing and reminiscing together. I think it really shows how important friendship is and that it should endure for the rest of your life. Although claiming that he hates the show he says that he likes watching the other participants. He’s extremely content with his life and says that his wife balances his life. He and Paul are really family orientated and care deeply for all his children. He’s very reflective of his own childhood and growing in an orphanage he lacked confidence and motivation and goes on to say that he “just wanted to be liked”.

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Throughout the series, Symon is amongst the most appreciative, humble, gently and relaxed participants.