I realize that I am dating myself with the following question – how many of you remember playing the electronic memory game “Simon” growing up? Thanks to a tip from one of our FB followers, I discovered a FREE Simon like app (Simon Says) which has quickly become a favorite of my daughter. She had suggested on more than one occasion how much fun it would be if we could create a “life sized” version.
Earlier this week, we did just that thanks to some rainbow colored chalk (and above average temperatures).
The original Simon game includes for sections colored: red, blue, yellow, green. We decided to make ours the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Have your child start by standing in the center of the “game board”. Begin by saying a color (“red”). The child will jump to that color and then back to the center. Say the first color and add another (“red, yellow”). The child will jump to the first color (red), next color (yellow) and then back to the center. Keep adding one color until you have 6-8 in the sequence.
The round “ends” when the child completes the entire sequence, can no longer remember the pattern, or misses a color block. Then it’s your turn to jump as your child dictates the sequence 🙂
Not only was this a fun and active way to practice saying and recognizing the colors of the rainbow, but a great memory building activity as well.