Simon Says for Climbing Walls

Grade level: K-12

 Equipment:  none!

 Objective: The basic rules for the traditional 'Simon Says' game applies.  A move can be made only when the instructions start with "Simon Says……"  If a move is made when a command is given without the preface of 'Simon Says….' The player is out.

Variation:  Instead of players getting 'out' when they make a mistake, the player receives a point when a mistake is made.  Each player keeps track of their own points.  This encourages participants to learn from their mistakes and continue traversing the wall.

 Description:  Have the class partner up and have about 6 people mount the wall, evenly spaced apart from one another.  As the teacher, call out different Simon Says commands.  i.e.  Simon says move one hold to the left, Simon Says move two holds to the right, Simon says move one hold up, etc.  If a command is given without saying Simon says and someone moves, they are 'out' and need to dismantle the wall.

Rules/Safety/Accommodations: Students should follow basic climbing wall rules.

Facilitation/Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you enjoy most about this activity?
  2. What challenges did you encounter?
  3. What feeling did you experience when you made a wrong move?


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