Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sidewalk Simon: Colors of The Rainbow Learning Activity

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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.

16 comments:

  1. Simon was one of my favorites as a child. Love your version :-)

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  2. This is fantastic! What a fun way to learn about the colors, build memory skills, and play with an inexpensive Simon board. Great idea.

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  3. Oooh you ARE clever! What a fabulous way to play the Simple Simon game. Fantastic!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty! Great to see you there!

    Maggy & Alissa

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  4. what a creative way to learn colors and build memory! i myself taught my daughter different things by making her run and jump to whatever i'm calling out (a letter for example). movement is really key to learning :)

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  5. Brilliant idea! and a great work-out idea for me too :)

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  6. Great idea!!! Used to LOVE Simon!!!

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  7. I would love to feature your post on my blog Let's Lasso the Moon as one of my favorite Kid's Co-op ideas. Will you email me and let me know if this is ok? Would it be ok if I used two of the photos? Thanks for your consideration! :-) zina@letslassothemoon.com

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  8. I LOVED that game back in the day! What a complete flash back. I also downloaded the Simon Says game and my son has had so much fun with it. We're going to try your real life version this weekend. I've featured you on my blog today as one of my favourites from last week's Weekly Kid's Co-Op link up.

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  9. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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  10. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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  11. Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Hello,

    I was perusing the web, looking for great outdoor activities to share with the pediatric therapy professionals we serve, and found your sidewalk simon. Its awesome! I was wondering if I could have permission to feature the photo on our Instagram feed.

    (http://instagram.com/pediastaff#).

    As you may know, I am unable to create a clickable link to your post through Instagram but I would obviously credit your blog and put a link to the specific page the post came from along with suggestion that they visit that page on your blog for directions and more pictures in the description if that works...

    Here is the post that has the image I would love to share

    http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2012/03/sidewalk-simon-colors-of-rainbow.html

    Thanks so much in advance!

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    1. Hi Heidi, at this time I would prefer for Pediastaff not to use my images on Instagram until clickable links are available. Thanks so much for asking!

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