Simon sez "Stop IT!"

I need to post something today since my last post was not really about Orangeboy and this blog is supposed to be about the adventures of Orangeboy.

We've been a bit boring lately. Maybe it's the winter blahs, or the economy blahs, or maybe we're just boring, so I don't have a lot of material to work with here.
So I'll tell you about a game that I thought would be such a clever way to help Orangeboy practice recognizing and responding to different tones of voice. It was one of those lame-brain ideas that popped into my head fully formed.

I thought I could play a modified game of Simon Sez with the kids. (Some of you may spell the name of the game as Simon SAYS, but I always think of it as SEZ.) ANYway... The rules of the modified version would be that Simon (me) would give a command and the players (kid-victims) would have to do the commanded activity until Simon said "Stop" in a way that sounded like Simon really meant it.
This is hard to convey in writing, but for example:

"Simon sez, march in place."
"Simon sez, Sto-op it!" (with a laughy whiny voice)

In the above example, the kid-victims - I mean players - should keep marching because Simon doesn't sound too serious. But if Simon were to bark, "STOP!" like a drill sargeant, then they should stop.

Again, if Simon says, "Stop?" in an unsure little voice, they could keep marching; but if Simon says, "stop!" in an angry growl with gritted teeth, then they should stop.

It sounds sort of tricky doesn't it? Well, surprise! All three kid-victims are too smart for me. They got every one right. From loud and angry, to simmering frustration, to silly tease; they weren't thrown off once - not even Orangeboy.

I think they just know the mercurial moods of Simon-Mom a little too well. And I know their moods too. They were being patiently indulgent.


  1. It's a cute game. :)

    I was just playing Simon Says in the car with Apple yesterday. She totally doesn't get that SHE lost when she followed a command that wasn't predicated by "Simon Says". She insists that she, in fact, won the game.

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  2. I think your version of Simon says was a good idea!

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    For more severe children, they train the dogs in tethering and tracking.

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