Following Directions Worksheet and Activities

Learning to follow directions is an important skill for all students to master. By the time students start Kindergarten, they should be able to handle simple 2 to 3 step instructions; however, some kids may struggle and need to practice especially if they are in an environment with a lot of distractions.

Following Directions Worksheet for K-1 Students

In the following directions worksheet below, students will help Owlivia, an animal character from Zoo Academy with a coloring project.  Specifically, Owlivia’s teacher, Miss Castillo has asked Owlivia to color the biggest balloon blue, the smallest balloon yellow, and the medium balloon red.

Recommended Grade Level: K-1

SEL Skill(s): Impulse Control, Communication

Duration: 20 minutes


  • A copy of the worksheet
  • 3 markers or crayons: Red, Blue, and Yellow
following directions worksheet

Following Directions Activity

The second following directions activity is a twist on the classic game Simon Says. Students will follow “Principal Wild’s” instructions to make different movements with their body, such as hopping on one foot or hands on their head, only moving when the instruction is preceded by “Principal Wild says…” To challenge their Impulse Control Skills, a few students will act as distractors, trying to engage students in conversation while the instructions are happening. Students will need to focus intently on the instructions and ignore the distractions to know when and when not to move.

Note: For remote learning environments, this activity may work better if you do not have students acting as distruptors.

Recommended Grade Level: Upper Elementary and Middle School

SEL Skill(s): Impulse Control, Communication

Duration: 30 minutes

Materials: Educator lesson guide

following directions activities

Pre-activity discussion

Talk with your students about it is important for everyone to pay attention and follow directions and by not being a distractor to classmates.

Discussion questions will include:

  • Have you ever missed something important in class, like directions, because a classmate was talking to you? If someone is talking to you or distracting you in some other way, and you miss something, is it your fault or theirs?
  • Do you think you’ve ever been a “distractor” during class? How do you think the other students felt when you were talking while the teacher was talking?

Even if someone is purposely trying to distract you or make you break the rules, your behavior and how you respond is always your choice. A classmate can make it difficult, but they can’t force you to not pay attention or not follow directions.

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