About a month ago, I discovered all over again one of my childhood games: “Simon says”. We recently played it at my 6-year old’s birthday party and it was a hit too.
Looking at it today from my bilingual mum’s perspective, I appreciate all its language-related value; creating the need to understand and to speak.
Skills: Listening comprehension, oral skills, rapidity.
Number of players: 2+ (the more the merrier!)
- 1 player is “Simon” and instructs the other player(s) to perform specific actions.
- The other player(s) must carry them out provided the order issued was formulated with “Simon says…” at the beginning. For example, “Simon says touch your nose”.
- Players lose if they perform actions formulated without “Simon says” at the beginning.
- The winner is the last player who stands, and who in turn becomes the next “Simon”.
My eldest daughter loved giving orders, preferably silly ones! 😉 It gave her serious fits of giggles!
My little one joined in though she is still a bit young to understand everything, but I could tell from the sparkles in her eyes it amused her to participate.
Great quality family time ahead!
- The sillier the actions the better! Kids learn best having fun, and they will want to learn their minority language if the learning is entertaining.
- Make the most of it with your younger ones to revise some concepts such as the body parts (“touch your nose”, “point to your belly”,…) or colours (“bring something blue”…)