Players test their listening skills and get a dose of physical activity in our Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game, Simon Says.


Simon Says

Who: Grades K-5  

Players: 4+  

Time: 10 minutes+  

Where: Auditorium, cafeteria, classroom, gymnasium, hallway, library, playground  

Equipment: None 

How to Play 

  • Players line up standing 6 feet away from each other. 
  • The leader is Simon. Players must listen carefully.  
  • When players hear, “Simon says,” they must do that movement. 
  • Do not do any movements without hearing, “Simon says.” 
  • If a player messes up, he or she runs in place, then rejoin the game. 

Check for Understanding 

  • What do you do when you hear,  "Simon says"? 
  • What do you do if you mess up? 

Game Tip  

  • Increase the pace and do the actions to keep challenging the players. 

Conflict Resolution Tip  

  • Play non-elimination to avoid idleness. 


Easy: Say the commands slowly. 

Medium: Increase the speed of the commands. 

Hard: Add different movements into the game. 

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