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Rock, paper, scissors


Rock, paper, scissors

What to do with this activity?

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. 




  • Why am I doing this?

    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.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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