Mother May I?

This game is similar to Simon Says, where the person giving the command also has to give permission to carry it out.

  • Students listen carefully and ask, "Mother, may I?"
  • The response must be, "Yes you may."
  • If the response is only, "Yes," then the person may not carry out the task.

A variation of this game is Giant Steps.

  • The mother stands at a distance from the other players who are lined up.
  • The mother calls out the name of each student before giving a specific command ("Jimmy, you may take three giant steps," or "Bertina, you may take one baby step").
  • Students have to say "Mother, may I?" before they show any movement of their body.
  • The group will get closer and closer to the mother.
  • The one who finally gets close enough to touch the mother becomes the next mother.
  • The game begins all over again.

Excerpted from Multicultural Discovery Activities for the Elementary Grades.


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