Simone Says Do the Opposite

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Transition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Hop
  • Jump
  • Run
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For participants to use their listening skills and do the opposite action of what the leader says. 


No equipment necessary.

Set Up: 

Participants will be scattered in area facing the leader, with enough space between each other.

Step by Step: 
  1. This game is like Simon Says, but with an opposite twist.
  2. The leader will start by saying "Simone doesn't say" followed by an action such as "reach up high".
  3. Instead of participants reaching up high, they have to do the opposite of that. So, they would reach down low.
  4. If the leader said "Simone doesn't say stand up", participants would sit down.
  5. If the leader said "Simone doesn't say stomp your right foot", participants would stop their left foot.
  6. If the leader said "Simone doesn't say", participants would walk on the spot. 
    If the leader said "Simone doesn't say run on the spot", participants would walk on the spot. 
  7. If the leader said "Touch your right ear", with no "Simone doesn't say" before, then they do exactly what the leader said, they would touch their right ear. 
  8. Play a few rounds without participants being eliminated.
  9. When a participant makes a mistake they sit down and are out for that round.
  10. Try to go faster and faster.
  11. The last participant to make a mistake, becomes the new leader.
  12. Or, when a participant makes a mistake they have to leave the area and do a set activity (15 jumping jacks for example) before returning.
Safety Considerations: 

Remove any safety hazards from the play area.


For certain things like, nose or elbows, designate an opposite to those before playing. Tell participants that for this game, the opposite of nose is toes, and vise versa. The opposite of elbows are knees and vise versa.
Use another name or designation other than Simone. 

Adaptations (Cognitive/Learning Impairment): 
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This activity may be confusing for participants with a cognitive limitation. Try to ensure that they are clear about the activity and doing the opposite to what Simone says, or performing the given task without the “Simone says” pre-empt. Consider keeping the pace of the activity moderate to increase the capacity for participants with a cognitive limitation to take part.


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