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Simon says is a great activity to keep kids busy and active indoors. Whether you are encouraging kids to play a game of Simon Says in a classroom setting, or just at home, it’s usually a big hit with lots of giggles and laughter. Sometimes it can be hard to think of creative Simon Says actions on the spot, so we created a list of over 50 Simon Says action ideas you can print off.

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Simon Says Ideas

To make it easy, we have created a printable list of 50+ Simon Says Actions.

We also have all of the Simon Says actions in this post if you need them. You can copy and paste to create your own printable, or use the one that we have already created for you! We only ask that if you are reprinting in a community newsletter or school newsletter that you credit our website as the source.

How Do You Play Simon Says?

One person is the leader and calls out the actions. Everyone else must follow the leader and do the action, but only when Simon says. For example, Simon says, touch your toes. Everyone must touch their toes.

Then the leader has to try and get everyone to do an action without saying Simon says. If someone does the action and the leader did not say Simon says, that person is out of the game. For example, if the leader says just “touch your toes” and someone touches their toes, they are out of the game.

The leader can try to make things more difficult by speeding up the pace of calling out the actions.


When Should I Play Simon Says?

  • Get kids active when stuck inside on a cold or rainy day
  • Have ideas ready when you need a quick activity in a classroom setting
  • Bring them with you on a trip or a vacation
  • Make it a fun activity for a sleepover
  • Play the game for a family game night activity
  • Use as an Icebreaker


Printable Simon Says Ideas

Here are the 50+ Simon Says Ideas. Some are simple enough for a toddler to do, others are so silly that it will result in giggles.

Either way, these Simon Says actions are great for kids of all ages and will keep them busy while getting their bodies and minds moving.

Here is an image with all of the actions you can print off. A pdf file for printing is located at the bottom of the post.

Simon Says Ideas Printable

50+ Simon Says Ideas for Kids

Sit down

Turn around in a circle

Jump up and down

Hop on the right foot

Hop on the left foot

Clap your hands

Touch your knees

Wiggle your fingers

Put one arm in the air

Flap your arms like a bird

Slither on the ground like a snake

Quack like a duck

Run in place

Stand on one foot

Put your hands on your hips

Pretend you are a dog

Moo like a cow

Wink your right eye

Pucker your lips

Sing as loud as you can

Pat your belly

Put both hands on your head

Wave hello

Raise both hands in the air

Shake your right arm

Shake your left arm

Pretend like you are sleeping

Roll on the floor

Do a somersault

Skip around the room

Gallop like a horse

Meow like a cat

Hop to the right

Hop to the left

Make circles with your arms

Touch your ears

Stick out your tongue

Do jumping jacks

Do a silly dance

Do a cartwheel

Squeak like a mouse

Walk like a penguin

Sit down and scoot across the room

Walk on your tip toes

Make a sad face

Make a happy face

Act like you are ice skating

Do a sit up

Talk like a robot

Act like you are driving a car

Do a push up

Wiggle your toes

Get the PDF printable of all of these Simon says ideas HERE. 

We hope your kids enjoy these Simon Says actions and maybe you will as well! No one says that adults can’t join in on a fun game of Simon Says too!

If you’re looking for another easy indoor game, try Would You Rather Questions for kids. We have a printable file you can get with cards that you can pass around for everyone to take turns asking questions!

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1 thought on “Simon Says Ideas”

  1. Madeira Bowell

    Hi. We play Simon Says a lot while waiting to go into a specials class, but my first graders like when I use my name, so it’s “Mrs.Bowell Says”.  Later in the year they get to lead it with their own name. This is a great list, thanks.

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