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Simon Says is an old family favourite, and a great way to have a bit of fun, while learning to follow instructions.
With a group (any number can play), nominate one person to be ‘Simon’. Your group’s Simon will lead the group to follow any actions they ask, but only when they say ‘Simon says…’
For example, ‘Simon says hands on heads’, and each person should put their hands on their heads.
The person who is Simon can try to trick players by saying an action, but not saying ‘Simon says’ before the action. If anyone does this action, they are out and sit down for the rest of the game. That’s it!
We know children learn and practise social skills through play, so let’s take a look at what is going on while playing this game. As children practise following the rules (only doing the action when Simon says, or sitting quietly if they are out), they are learning emotional and impulse control, and learning to maintain focus and follow instructions and take turns. By following the actions, children are also developing their motor skills and getting physically active.