This game will teach students about their ability to focus, listen, and learn. They will laugh while getting a little confused as they try to follow the opposite of Simon’s directions. In the end they will learn how to treat others and how to figure out what’s real and what isn’t.

Objective

Students will compete against one another, and against Simon, to see who can follow directions the best.

Introduction

If you live with a practical joker or have one as a friend, April Fools’ Day can get a bit stressful. We have to be alert because we never know what trick could be lurking around the corner. We’ve got to keep our eyes and ears open to figure out who is on our side. Let’s practice our listening skills by playing a game.

Instructions

  1. Choose one student to stand in front of the class to be “Simon.”
  2. When you say “Go!” the Simon will say “Simon says…” and the group will have to do the OPPOSITE of what Simon says.
  3. Limit Simon’s terms, so there is no confusion. Simon’s directions MUST contain the word “left” or “right” or “up” or “down.” Example “spin left” or “crouch down.” The students would then “spin right” or “jump up” respectively.
  4. If Simon doesn’t say Simon says, the people who respond are out.
  5. If anyone does not follow the opposite of Simon’s directions if he says “Simon says,” they will be out.
  6. If desired, repeat with a new student playing Simon.

Conclusion

April Fools’ Day is a great reminder, delivered in funny ways, about a serious message. We need to be careful! The forces of darkness love to trick us into sinful behavior and making choices that are wrong for us.1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”The devil is not a lion or a real monster. He will not hide out behind a rock or in a dark corner. He is a source, or a collection of sources, of dark intelligence who enjoys it when people do wrong. What a nasty concept!Peter also gives us the good news. He says in the verse right before to cast ALL your anxiety on God, because he cares for you. Let’s be alert for temptations to turn into sins all the days of the year. Let’s use April Fools’ Day to help us remember the challenges.