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Miscellaneous Physical Play Paper Scissors Rock

Elimination Game, Hand and Finger Play and Physical Play

Paper Scissors Rock is a hand game that is often used as a selection method in a similar way to coin flipping or drawing straws to randomly select a person for some purpose.

The players both count aloud to three, or speak the name of the game (e.g. "Rock! Paper! Scissors!"), each time raising one hand in a fist and swinging it down on the count. On the third count (saying "scissors!" ), the players change their hands into one of three gestures, which they then "throw" by extending it towards their opponent.

Rock, represented by a clenched fist.
Paper, represented by an open hand, with the fingers connected.
Scissors, represented by the index and middle fingers extended and separated.
The objective is to select a gesture which defeats that of the opponent. Gestures are resolved as follows:

Rock blunts or crushes scissors; rock wins.
Paper covers or captures rock; paper wins.
Scissors cuts paper; scissors wins.


At School 07

Age: 11-12

At School 02

Age: 12

At School 04

Age: 10-12

involves the hand actions of paper, rock, scissors and getting cheeks pinched if one loses, followed by a gentle slap to the face on a further loss. There was the option of a slap to the genital area as the game proceeded. Play occurred as players gathered for after-lunch assembly. (Map Ref: D)

At School 18

Players: 2
Age: 6

Little boys playing the game

At School 05

Players: 2
male and female
Age: 6 and 8

Participants are playing 'Paper, rock, scissors'. AREA Y.

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