Before it was “Simon says,” the phrase used to be “Cicero says.” It was a tribute to renowned Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero. In Latin, the phrase is “Cicero dicit fac hoc,” which means “Cicero says, do this.
It is hard to tell when Cicero was replaced by Simon in the phrase. However, it is known that it is in reference to 13th-century historical statesman Simon de Montfort. After winning the Battle of Lewes of the Second Barons’ War in 1264, his reputation as a commanding authority was established. He imprisoned the King of England, Henry III, and established the first democratic parliament.
Regardless of the origin of the game’s phrase, it is one of the most popular games in schools since one can remember. The ‘Simon Says’ game is ideal for preschoolers as teachers can use it to teach impulse control, the ability to distinguish between valid and invalid commands, concentration, listening skills, and motor skills. Let us see how to play this game.
Follow all the valid instructions to win the game.
You Will Need
► An open space
► One Simon (the controller)
► 3 –