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Rock, paper, scissors is a game for two people that encourages fast thinking and a lot of laughs.
Here's how it works. After a count of 1-2-3, and at exactly the same time, each player makes a shape with their hand - either:
1) A rock (closed fist)
2) Scissors (the pointing and middle finger in a V shape)
3) Paper (fingers together and flat)
Rock beats scissors (by crushing them); scissors beat paper (by cutting it); paper beats rock (by covering it). The picture above shows you how it works. If both players choose the same shape it's a tie - play again. See who wins the most challenges.
In Vietnam the same game is called "elephant, human, ant". The pointed thumb is elephant and crushes the human; an upright pointing finger is the human who steps on the ant; and the little finger is the ant that runs up the elephant trunk and tickles him to death! You might like to invent other variations.
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.
Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.
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