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Simon says - nobody's perfect!

To help us live with our imperfections.

by The Revds Trevor and Juliet Donnelly

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To help us live with our imperfections.

Preparation and materials

  • None – yes, it’s that easy!


  1. Tell the children that you want to begin this assembly with a game. Ask if they know how to play ‘Simon says’. Explain the rules: if you say ‘Simon says’, they must do what you tell them, but if you don’t say ‘Simon says’ they must ignore whatever you tell them to do.

    Have a few practice runs, then play the game. Examples include: stand up, sit down, run on the spot, stretch up high, curl in a ball.

    It is a good idea to allow the excitement to reach a peak, with lots of active jumping instructions, then make the last five or six gradually less active (fold your arms, touch your nose, put your hands together, blink, close your eyes, open your eyes) to help the children calm down to listen.
  2. Ask, who thought the game was fun? Then ask, why was it fun? Suggest that it was fun because it wasn’t as easy as they thought, and made them listen and think. Ask if anyone would like to be able to play it perfectly – never get it wrong? Then ask, but would the game be fun if everyone was perfect at it? Explain that if everyone was perfect at it there would be no game, just everyone doing exactly the same.

    Explain that it is our imperfections that make life fun and interesting. Life would be boring if everybody was perfect.
  3. Because we are not perfect we can always improve, we can always learn, we can always get better. Even if we find it really hard, learning and improving helps us to grow. Explain that if we really want to get good at ‘Simon says’ we can practise, and the same is true of school work, or sport, or art.

    Sometimes we get things wrong in a game, and sometimes we get things wrong in life: we do things we shouldn’t, we are selfish. But we can practise at being better people, just as we can practise a game. Sometimes we may need the help of a teacher or parent or carer or friend. When things go wrong, we should not be too hard on ourselves. We can always try to do better next time.

Time for reflection


Take a moment to close your eyes and think about the things you would like to be better at:
school work, or sport, whatever you choose.

Now imagine yourself getting better…

Enjoying your talent…

Finally, try and think about how you could achieve this goal.


Loving God,
Forgive us when we do wrong.

Help us to learn from our mistakes.

Teach us to become better, kinder, more loving people.



‘If I had a hammer’ (Come and Praise, 71)

Publication date: May 2006   (Vol.8 No.5)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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