• Ages three and up
• Two or more players (more fun with more players!)
• Indoor or outdoor activity
• Competitive or noncompetitive
How to Play
• An adult or the birthday child is Simon at first. Simon faces the rest of the group, who stand where they can see Simon well.
• Simon gives commands for the children to follow, such as "Simon says, 'Clap your hands,"' or "Simon says, 'Kick your feet."'
• The children are to obey only those commands that begin with the words "Simon says." If the command does not begin with these words (for example, "Jump up and down"), the players should ignore it.
Competitive version: Any player who obeys a command not preceded by "Simon says" is out. Speed up the game as the children get good at it. The last player left wins.
Noncompetitive version: Enjoy a good laugh with the child who obeys a wrong command, but do not send this child out of the game. Keep on playing until interest wanes.
Note: A really good leader (usually and adult) can make this a very fun and funny activity. Commands can be silly and fast. The leader should do whatever command he or she is asking or he or she can trick the group by saying one command and doing another (even if it's preceded by "Simon says.").