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Simon Says

A children’s physical game in which a leader tells the other participants to complete various movements. The game requires a minimum of two players, one of whom is designated as "Simon." This participant calls out commands to the other participants and attempts to get them to follow a command at an inappropriate moment. If he or she states “Simon says” before giving the command, the other participants are obliged to follow the command; however, if Simon provides a command without saying “Simon says,” then the participants do not follow the command. If a participant follows a command at an inappropriate time, they are eliminated from the game. For games with three or more people, the last participant left in the game, wins. For games played with two people, Simon has a set period of time to give commands and attempt to trick the other participant.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Cicero dicit fac hoc

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

A version of this game is believed to have originated in Ancient Rome. The Latin translation, "Cicero dicit fac hoc," means “Cicero says do this.” The origins of the modern English language game and its arrival in Canada are unknown.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, the majority of whom are children.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

This game is played year-round in elementary school, summer camps, and informal children's play.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Simon Says is organized informally.

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



Physical Game
  • Jumpsations Templemead Elementary School
    62 Templemead Drive
    Hamilton, ON L8W 3Z7
  • Ray Lewis Elementary School
    27 Jessica St
    Hamilton, ON L8W 4A1
  • University of Toronto Athletic Centre
    University of Toronto
    55 Harbord St
    Toronto, ON M5S 2W6
  • Holy Cross Elementary School
    222 Maple Ave
    Georgetown, ON L7G 1X2
  • St. Clare Catholic Elementary School
    124 Northcliffe Blvd
    Toronto, ON M6E 3K4

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