# Simon Says

Follow the leader (or don’t!) in this game that gets children moving, listening closely, and practicing early math skills.

## Activity Summary

This movement game doesn’t require any materials, and can be played inside or outside. There’s lots of different ways to bring counting and math words into your play.

#### Play with Shapes, Space, and Location

You could give the following directions:

• Turn around to face the back of the room.
• Come up with your own using some of the words in the Math Tips section!

#### Play with Numbers and Counting

You could give the following directions:

• Hop on one foot five times.
• Jump one time, clap two times, and repeat this three times.
• Go half-way to the door and come back.
• Come up with your own using some of the words in the Math Tips section!
• Use hand gestures to highlight the meaning of the words, such as holding up two fingers to show “2.”
• Ask questions that encourage children to use math words: “How do you know how many jumps you did?”

### Math Words to Try

See if you can use any of these words in your directions:

• above, below
• over, under, through
• front, back, behind
• between
• in, out
• inside, outside
• on, off
• first, last, middle
• high, low
• far, near
• top, bottom
• rotate, turn, flip
• connect, separate
• twist
• big, little, large, small
• long, short, tall
• narrow, wide

### Variations

• Use dice or a deck of cards to decide how many times to do the command.
• Take turns being the leader.
• For very young children, play “Follow the Leader” where they always do what the leader says, and then introduce the “Simon Says” rules.