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100 Fun Simon Says Ideas Kids Will Love {+printable}

Check out these 100 fun Simon Says ideas your kids will love. We also created a free printable to go along so you don’t have to remember them all. 

Teacher leading a group of kids playing Simon Says

Are your kids getting bored of the same old game of Simon Says? 

Or maybe you are getting ready to play with a group for the first time.

Either way, coming up with fun, Simon Says commands is not always easy when you’re trying to think of them as you play.

Luckily, we’ve done the work for you! Today we are sharing a huge list of creative, fun and engaging Simon Says commands and ideas just for you!

But first, we need to make sure you know how to play…

How to Play Simon Says

You can play Simon Says anywhere at any time.

It’s a completely portable game that doesn’t require any equipment (just a little bit of space.)

The rules are simple and can be customized to accommodate kids of all ages and abilities. The basic Simon Says rules are:

  • Choose a “Simon.” Simon will be the leader and give all of the Simon Says commands and instructions. He or she will also be the judge who determines when players are “out” for not following the instructions properly.
  • Simon stands in front of all the other participants. All of the participants should be able to see Simon, and Simon should be able to see each of the participants to ensure fairness.
  • Simon calls out one of two types of instructions or commands to the participants.
    • The first type starts with the phrase, “Simon Says”. For example, “Simon Says point your finger.” Participants should follow along with all instructions or commands that begin with “Simon Says.” If a participant fails to follow one of these instructions, they are out of the game.

      The player acting as Simon should do the command that they give. This gives the other players an example of what they should be doing.
    • The second type is a basic command or instruction without the phrase, “Simon Says.” For example, “Point your finger.” Participants should NOT follow these instructions or commands, because the leader did not say “Simon Says”.  If they do, they are out of the game.

      When giving these commands the leader should still do the action. This often is what “tricks” the other players into doing the command even though the leader did not say “Simon Says”.
  • The winner is the last one still in the game. If no one can complete all of the instructions, then Simon is the winner.

These rules can be altered to meet the needs of the children playing the game.

Once your kids have a grasp of the game, they can initiate and play the game on their own.

 That’s one of the many benefits of Simon Says.

100 Simon Says Ideas and Commands

Coming up with unique Simon Says ideas and commands can be one of the most difficult parts of the game, especially if you play often. You want to be able to keep the game fresh and entertaining.

In fact, you might even want to grab our free printable list of Simon Says Ideas that you can print out and keep on hand. Here you go!

A link to a free printable copy of 100 Simon Says Ideas

Here is a list of 100 Fun Simon Says instructions to use in your next Simon Says game:

Easy Simon Says Ideas

It’s best to always start of with simple and easy commands to make sure that everyone understands the rules and feels confident about playing. We are going to begin with some easy commands that work great for beginners or young kids, toddler or preschoolers.

(That being said, these work for big kids too).

1.       Simon Says touch your nose

2.       Simon Says, tap your toes

3.       Simon Says, close your eyes

4.       Simon Says bounce like a kangaroo

5.       Simon Says touch your shoulder

6.       Simon Says run in place

7.       Simon Says, touch your elbow

8.   Simon Says, touch your leg

9.   Simon Says, touch your knee

10.   Simon Says touch your stomach

11.   Simon Says, touch your back

12.   Simon Says stand up

13.   Simon Says, sit down

14.   Simon Says jump up and down

15.   Simon Says spin around

16.   Simon Says, nod your head

17.   Simon Says stomp your feet

18.   Simon Says kneel down

19.   Simon Says crawl on the floor

20.   Simon Says lay on your back

21.   Simon Says roll on the floor

22.   Simon Says walk in place

23.   Simon Says jog in place

24.   Simon Says do jumping jacks

25.   Simon Says turnaround

26.   Simon Says, blink your eyes

27.   Simon Says, clap your hands

28.   Simon Says, snap your fingers

29.   Simon Says kick with your leg

30.   Simon Says touch the ground

31.   Simon Says point to the color red

32.   Simon Says point to a shoe

33.   Simon Says point to a window

34.   Simon Says point to a table

35.   Simon Says point to a couch

36.   Simon Says dance around

37.   Simon Says stand on one foot

38.   Simon Says stand on two feet

39.   Simon Says, stand next to your friend

40.   Simon Says, shake your hands

41   Simon Says, shake your arms

42.   Simon Says lookup

43.   Simon Says, look down

44.   Simon Says, wiggle your fingers

45.   Simon Says, wiggle your toes

46.   Simon Says walk backward

47.   Simon Says point to the right

48.   Simon Says point to the left

49.   Simon Says pretend to read a book

50.   Simon Says count to ten

Funny Simon Says Ideas

These silly commands will get everyone laughing and enjoying the game even more!

51. Simon says pretend you are stuck in a giant bubble.

52. Simon says act like you are being flushed down the toilet.

53. Simon Says pretend to be a flamingo

54. Simon Says, make a fish face

55.   Simon Says, waddle like a penguin

56.   Simon Says stick out your tongue

57.   Simon Says blow a kiss

58.   Simon Says, flap your arms

59.   Simon Says walk like a zombie

60.   Simon Says pretend to walk in quicksand

61.   Simon Says pretend to swim in water

62. Simon Says pretend to jump on clouds

63.   Simon Says walk in slow motion

64.   Simon Says sing, “Row row row your boat”

65.   Simon Says twist and shout

66.   Simon Says shake your whole body

67.   Simon Says act like an elephant

68.   Simon Says act like a monkey

69.   Simon Says act like a dog

70.   Simon Says act like a bird

71.   Simon Says pretend to eat a banana

72.   Simon Says pretend to drink a glass of water

73.   Simon Says pretend to throw pizza dough in the air

74.   Simon Says act happy

75.   Simon Says act like you are elderly

76.   Simon Says act angry

77.   Simon Says tickle your toes

78.   Simon Says tickle your belly

79.   Simon Says pretend you smell a stinky fart

80.   Simon Says act like a baby

81.   Simon Says do a crazy shake

82.   Simon Says pretend to take a selfie with the person next to you

83.   Simon Says do a robot dance

Hard Simon Says Ideas

Ready for a challenge? If you are playing with older kids or just want to make things more difficult, these commands will do the trick!

84.   Simon Says touch your head, then touch your knees

85.   Simon Says jog in place then sit down on the floor

86. Simon Says do the splits (or try to)

87.   Simon Says whistle

88. Simon Says do a backbend

89.   Simon Says jump up and down and spin around

90.   Simon Says wiggle your nose and stick out your tongue

91.   Simon Says do a somersault

92.   Simon Says hop on one foot

93.   Simon Says reach down low and pretend to dig in the dirt

94.   Simon Says touch your right elbow, then touch your left elbow

95.   Simon Says do five jumping jacks and then run in place

96.   Simon Says pretend to ride a bike

97.   Simon Says take three jumps forward

98.   Simon Says jump side to side

99.   Simon Says pretend to ski downhill

100. Simon Says say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” three times fast.

101. Simon Says do a cartwheel

102. Simon Says do 10 pushups

103.   Simon Says point to the door and then point to the floor and then spin around

104.   Simon Says touch your head, then touch your shoulders then touch your knees and then touch your toes

105.   Simon Says touch your tongue to your nose

Use this list of instructions, and your next game of Simon Says is sure to be a success. Why not try them out and play right now?

Don’t forget to grab your free printable before you go!

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What are the benefits of playing Simon Says?

A group of preschoolers playing Simon Says

Simon Says is a quintessential childhood game. It is extremely flexible and can be played almost anywhere. Some of the benefits of Simon Says are that the game:

  • Requires no materials, tools, or physical items
  • Can be played in wide-open spaces or limited space in nearly the same ways
  • Can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 100+ participants in a single game
  • Can be played by participants of almost all ages
  • Is screen/electronic free
  • Does not require an adult to play

Beyond the simplistic nature of the game, Simon Says empowers children to become leaders in the game and understand how to communicate and enforce rules with the participants. 

It teaches a variety of language skills as well as motor development skills that will help children succeed in many real-world circumstances outside the game.

How do you play Simon Says virtually on Zoom or Google Meet?

Playing virtually is easy and just takes a little modification. As an elementary school teacher who is leading a group of distance learners this year I have had lots of practice.

Using a tablet, phone or laptop there will be a limited viewing screen available to capture participants’ full bodies. When playing Simon Says virtually, it is best to limit the movements and commands to include body parts on the top half of your body (head to stomach).

This can add an extra challenge in coming up with Simon Says commands, but you can focus more closely on specific body parts like the face.

By focusing the commands on the limited area of the body, you will be able to more clearly see everyone playing in their square viewports and will give everyone an equal playing field depending on the space they have available around their virtual set-up.

The other challenge is how to tell when a player is out. The best way to handle this is for all the players to be standing and for the commands to be done standing, then when a player is out they must sit down. That is the easiest way I have found to tell who is still in the game and who is out. 

What age is Simon Says appropriate For?

As soon as children can understand basic instructions, you can start playing Simon Says. It can be as early as 18 months, and this can be a great way to help your young toddler begin to learn many new words.

To play the game more competitively, the best age to start is around 3 years old. 3 to 4 years old children have the body control and language skills needed to start understanding the nuanced rules of the game and enjoy the competitive aspects of playing with other people.

As kids grow older, Simon Says can grow with them. By making commands increasingly challenging, silly or speeding up the pace of orders, kids through the ages of 10 or 11 may still enjoy playing Simon Says.

What are some Simon Says Strategies?

The appropriate strategies you implement in your Simon Says games are dependent on the ages of the kids participating in the game. For younger kids, the following strategies will increase the likelihood of a successful game:

  • Use no more than ten different body parts in your commands
  • Repeat commands often and in similar sequences
  • Use basic actions in commands like jump, sit or stand
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Physically show the command you are speaking

As kids get older and master the game, you can use the following strategies to add challenges to the game:

  • Speed up the pace at which commands are given
  • Add layers to the commands with multiple steps or sequences
  • Physically show a different command than the one you are speaking
  • Say commands in a certain pattern multiple times and then suddenly change the pattern
  • Include displays of emotion and other interpretive commands

Each of these strategies helps children develop different motor and language skills that will serve them beyond the realm of the game.

What skills are used when kids play Simon Says?

Playing Simon Says helps children develop many physical motor and language skills. When children play Simon Says, they learn:

  • Body Awareness: The act of standing in particular positions or touching specific body parts helps children develop body awareness. Younger children begin to learn where their body parts are located on their bodies, while older children learn to gain control over their body. The mimicking of the leader provides children with a visual prompt that helps them replicate body movements.
  • Sportsmanship: Learning to lose is a very important concept for children to learn. Losing occurs in many aspects of life, not just games or sports. Simon Says provides a low-stakes game where winners and losers can easily flip from game to game. You can also implement rules that empower the loser to become the next Simon, helping demonstrate that losing is not always negative.
  • Following Directions: The close listening required to play Simon Says helps children learn how to follow directions. When roles are switched, they also learn how to give directions. Both roles help children learn the best ways to communicate and listen to achieve the intended action from their playmates. These are key communication skills that will serve them in many ways.
  • Sequencing: For older children, you can start to add difficulty to the game by adding sequenced instructions. This helps children learn how to remember multi-step instructions and follow them in a specific order.
  • Language: Children will learn a broad range of terminology regarding their body and its actions. This helps young children feel empowered to understand their body and describe the types of activities they enjoy. For older children, you can add language challenges requiring “Simon” to use commands with verbs or nouns.

The fun and learning are endless in Simon Says. Make it a staple of your home, classroom, preschool or daycare and play often. Your kids will love spending quality time with you, and you will love seeing them grow and figure out all of your best Simon Says tricks and challenges.


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