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The Best Simon Says List of Commands (200 Ideas)

Simon Says is a timeless game played by kids of all ages. It’s fun, it’s educational, and it’s a great way to engage children.

This Simon Says list of commands (there are 200) will keep you busy and includes different types of commands – simple, funny, silly, active, etc.

What are the Benefits of Playing Simon Says?

Why is Simon Says a good game for preschoolers and older kids? 

Here are just a few reasons:

What are the Rules of Simon Says?

How do you play Simon Says in class or with a group of children at home?

The Simon Says rules are simple:

  • One child is chosen to be Simon. 
  • Simon faces the group of children and must give action commands for them to follow.
  • If Simon gives a command beginning with the words “Simon Says,” as in “Simon Says clap your hands,” the children must follow the instruction.
  • To trick someone on Simon Says, Simon must give a command that doesn’t begin with the words “Simon Says,”. As an example, if Simon just says “Clap your hands,” the children must stand still and not follow the command.
  • Anyone who moves when the command does not include “Simon Says” is out and must sit down.
  • The winner is the last child standing.
  • The winner can then be Simon in the next round.
  • If playing with very young children, an adult can think of the commands and play the role of Simon.

Can you play Simon Says with one child?

Yes, you can still play Simon Says if you don’t have a group of children. You and your child can take turns being Simon and thinking of commands for the other to act out.

Playing one-on-one is a great way to introduce this game to a toddler.

List of Simon Says Game Commands

Simon Says tasks or commands are the actions that Simon instructs the children to perform (or pretend to perform in some cases). Here is a list of 200 to choose from.

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Many of these will have kids giggling away as they pretend to perform some ridiculous actions.

Either give these commands as they are, or leave off the words “Simon Says” to see if children are paying attention.

  1. Simon says brush your teeth
  2. Simon says run on the spot
  3. Simon says blink your eyes 
  4. Simon says tell someone your name
  5. Simon says put your hands behind your back
  6. Simon says swim in the ocean
  7. Simon says stretch as high up as you can
  8. Simon says bend over and look through your legs at the people behind you
  9. Simon says turn the spaghetti on your fork
  10. Simon says purr like a cat
  11. Simon says stick out your tongue
  12. Simon says turn your body into a banana shape
  13. Simon says kick your knees high up
  14. Simon says run to the wall and run back
  15. Simon says read your book
  16. Simon says wink at someone next to you
  17. Simon says shout as loud as you can
  18. Simon says feel your heartbeat
  19. Simon says make a sandwich
  20. Simon says rub your tummy
  21. Simon says crawl like a baby
  22. Simon says bark like an excited dog
  23. Simon says do a handstand
  24. Simon says balance on your surfboard
  25. Simon says give a thumbs up
  26. Simon says clap your hands
  27. Simon says be an octopus
  28. Simon says tickle yourself under your arms
  29. Simon says smell your feet
  30. Simon says close your eyes and make a wish
  31. Simon says hop on one foot
  32. Simon says sing your favourite song
  33. Simon says balance on the tips of your toes
  34. Simon says smile at someone near you
  35. Simon says touch something blue
  36. Simon says go to sleep
  37. Simon says fly your dragon
  38. Simon says jump as high as you can
little girl jumping with one foot
  1. Simon says cry like a baby
  2. Simon says sit down and cross your legs
  3. Simon says spin like a propellor
  4. Simon says put your glasses on
  5. Simon says bite into your apple
  6. Simon says push your baby in a pram
  7. Simon says draw a star in the air
  8. Simon says high five the person next to you
  9. Simon says count your fingers
  10. Simon says lie on your back and pedal your bicycle
  11. Simon says have a chat on your phone
  12. Simon says throw your fishing line in the lake
  13. Simon says make a big yawn
  14. Simon says tell a knock-knock joke
  15. Simon says climb up a mountain
  16. Simon says wash your hair in the shower
  17. Simon says everyone make a big circle
  18. Simon says everyone stand in a line
  19. Simon says hide behind someone else
  20. Simon says milk the cow
  21. Simon says brush your hair
  22. Simon says laugh like you have heard the funniest joke
  23. Simon says draw a shape in the air
  24. Simon says give someone near you a hair cut
  25. Simon says balance a dish of plates in your hand
  26. Simon says hiss like a snake
  27. Simon says move along the ground like a snail
  28. Simon says catch a flying bug with your tongue
  29. Simon says flap your wings and fly like a butterfly
  30. Simon says trumpet like an elephant as loudly as you can
  31. Simon says snap like a crocodile
  32. Simon says leap like a frog
  33. Simon says yawn like a hippo
  34. Simon says run faster than a leopard
  35. Simon says walk like a crab
  36. Simon says roar as loud as you can
  37. Simon says hoot like an owl
  38. Simon says wobble like a jellyfish
  39. Simon says jump around like a monkey, saying “oo-oo-ee-ee”
  40. Simon says tweet like a bird
  41. Simon says ride a horse
  42. Simon says be an angry elephant
  43. Simon says congratulate someone by shaking their hand
  44. Simon says look angry
little girl upset
  1. Simon says look excited
  2. Simon says ask someone a question
  3. Simon says plant a flower
  4. Simon says point to your ears
  5. Simon says touch your ankles
  6. Simon says touch your left shoulder
  7. Simon says twist yourself into a pretzel
  8. Simon says stand back to back with someone
  9. Simon says touch your knees together
  10. Simon says give yourself a big hug
  11. Simon says fold your arms
  12. Simon says do a dance
  13. Simon says wave your hands in the air
  14. Simon says be a tree in the wind
  15. Simon says look left and look right
  16. Simon says drive your racing car
  17. Simon says turn around 3 times
  18. Simon says climb up the stairs
  19. Simon says cross the river without falling in
  20. Simon says fly like a plane
  21. Simon says bend over and touch your shins
  22. Simon says do three jumping jacks
  23. Simon says pat yourself on the back
  24. Simon says count to 10
  25. Simon says wiggle your nose
  26. Simon says tickle your toes
  27. Simon says tap your head
  28. Simon says play the flute
children playing the pretend flute
  1. Simon says play the guitar
  2. Simon says play a tune on the piano
  3. Simon says pull your ears
  4. Simon says do a yoga pose
  5. Simon says turn your body into a circle
  6. Simon says sweep the floors
  7. Simon says hammer a nail into the ground
  8. Simon says rub the magic lamp
  9. Simon says tell the genie your three wishes
  10. Simon says have a sword fight
  11. Simon says be a hissing cobra
  12. Simon says cast a magic spell
  13. Simon says take a ride on a witches broom
  14. Simon says stir the soup
  15. Simon says balance on a tightrope
  16. Simon says build a house
  17. Simon says look through your telescope
  18. Simon says act like a pirate
  19. Simon says open a treasure chest and see what’s inside
  20. Simon says tell a story
  21. Simon says sing the Happy Birthday song
  22. Simon says blow up a balloon
  23. Simon says make a cup of tea
little child making tea pretend play
  1. Simon says fly a kite
  2. Simon says be an annoying mosquito
  3. Simon says eat a carrot like a bunny
  4. Simon says chase leaves flying in the wind
  5. Simon says open your umbrella
  6. Simon says build a tower with blocks and bash it down
  7. Simon says holds hands with someone
  8. Simon says put your socks and shoes on
  9. Simon says skate on ice
  10. Simon says row your boat
  11. Simon says wash your hands
  12. Simon says hit the tennis ball over the net
  13. Simon says push your baby in a pram
  14. Simon says sit on your chair
  15. Simon says vacuum the floor
  16. Simon says pick a flower and give it to someone
  17. Simon says lift up a heavy weight
  18. Simon says catch a butterfly with your net
  19. Simon says rock your baby to sleep
  20. Simon says walk in really high shoes
  21. Simon says be a scary zombie
  22. Simon says make fish lips
  23. Simon says slam the door closed
  24. Simon says crawl under someone’s legs
  25. Simon says rake the garden leaves
  26. Simon says blow out your candles and make a wish
  27. Simon says juggle your balls in the air
  28. Simon says take a bow
  29. Simon says link arms and make a train
  30. Simon says walk backwards
  31. Simon says link arms with each other
  32. Simon says whisper a word to someone
  33. Simon says make up a silly word
  34. Simon says wag your tail
  35. Simon says groom yourself like a cat
  36. Simon says throw a tantrum on the floor
  37. Simon says put on some earrings
  38. Simon says be a scary monster
  39. Simon says put on your crown and be a princess
little girl dressed like a princess
  1. Simon says turn into a frog
  2. Simon says make up a new name for yourself and tell someone
  3. Simon says be a scarecrow
  4. Simon says cluck like a chicken
  5. Simon says bleat like a goat
  6. Simon says quack like a duck
  7. Simon says neigh like a horse
  8. Simon says grunt like a pig
  9. Simon says be a wriggly worm 
  10. Simon says have a nap
  11. Simon says water the flowers
  12. Simon says be a dinosaur breaking out of an egg
  13. Simon says be an adult dinosaur
  14. Simon says be a peacock and show off your feathers
  15. Simon says run as fast as the gingerbread man
  16. Simon says knit a scarf with your needles
  17. Simon says put your hat on
  18. Simon says stir some sugar into your tea
  19. Simon says be a cheeky monkey
  20. Simon says be a melting snowman
  21. Simon says pretend to kick a ball on your knees
  22. Simon says do a magic trick
  23. Simon says crack an egg on someone’s head
  24. Simon says lick your ice-cream
  25. Simon says count your chickens
  26. Simon says hide in your turtle shell
  27. Simon says pick apples from a tree
  28. Simon says ride your tractor on the farm

How Can I Make Simon Says Easier for Young Kids?

Make these commands easier for younger children by:

  • Giving only one command at a time (no multi-step commands)
  • Calling them out slowly and clearly
  • Starting with the simpler commands (usually those that involve simple body movements such as “put your hands on your head”)

Here are more Simon Says ideas.


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