Here are some fun activity ideas we found…
First, choose someone to be “Simon”. The children are challenged to do whatever Simon says when starting a command with “Simon Says”, for instance, “Simon Says touch your nose.” If a child fails to do it before “Simon” finishes saying their next command, then they are “out” of the game.
If you want to make the game difficult for older students, simply issue commands faster and faster, and make the needed actions more difficult to complete.
To begin, choose a student to leave the classroom and wait just outside the door. Everyone else changes places from where they were before.
Another child is then pointed out to go and hide. The first child comes back into the room and must find who is missing. If the child is stuck, they can ask for clues to help them solve the mystery.
To play this activity, start with an animal’s name beginning with the letter A (e.g. anteater). The next child starts their animal with the next letter of the alphabet (e.g. bear) and so on.
Challenge students further and ask them to repeat the last animals that were said, as well as their own.
This activity can be played with a range of different topics! A similar game you could play with your students is ‘I went to the Shops?’…
One student starts by saying ‘I went to the shops today and bought…’ something beginning with A (e.g. apple). The next student continues by saying the previous item (apple) and then something beginning with B (e.g. banana).
Continue around the class, working through the alphabet, adding one more item to the end of the list each time – great for building vocabulary!
We hope you enjoyed our activity ideas! What activities do you reward your students with? Let us know @EducationCity – we’d love to hear from you!