How to play Simon Says

Follow directions, but make sure you get Simon's say-so.

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At least 3 people, but more people make for more fun

Game play

One person is designated Simon, the others are the players. Standing in front of the group, Simon tells players what they must do. However, the players must only obey commands that begin with the words “Simon Says.” If Simon says, “Simon says touch your nose,” then players must touch their nose. But, if Simon simply says, “jump,” without first saying “Simon says,” players must not jump. Those that do jump are out.


Follow directions and stay in the game for as long as possible! The last player standing wins and becomes the next Simon. If you’re Simon, the object is to try to dupe the players to follow your commands when they shouldn’t.

Who is Simon?

We call Simon the master and commander of this game in the United States. Other countries use different names for the leader. In France, he’s called Jacques; in Hebrew, Herzl is the boss; and the Irish respect all that O’Grady says. Scandinavians have a more hierarchical view of the game: In Norway “the King commands,” and in Finland, “the Captain commands.”

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