"Scissors, Paper, Rock" is a game used to decide something between two kids… like who goes first in a game, etc. You can learn how to play the game below.

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Glenda Bennett said in Australia some people play this game as "Scissors, Paper, Rock" and others play is as "Rock, Paper, Scissors". It depends on your age group. They don't say "Shoot" at the end like some people in the US. Glenda said, "I had one answer they said "fire" after it, personally I have not heard of any other word said."

Please email me to let me know how you play it. If possible, also let me know where you're from. Thanks! Mama Lisa

Game Instructions

Two players each hide one hand behind their backs. Then they say the line together at the same time, "Rock, Paper, Scissors and Shoot!". On "shoot" they put their hands out at exactly the same time in one of the three signs, "Rock", "Paper" or "Scissors".

Here's how to make each sign:

-Rock: Make a fist.
-Paper: Put out a flat hand horizontal to the ground.
-Scissors: Put out the index and middle finger imitating scissors.

Here's how you determine who won the round depending upon which symbol each kid put out:

- Rock beats Scissors (imagine a rock breaking the scissors).
- Scissors beats Paper (imagine the scissors cutting the paper).
- Paper beats Rock (imagine a piece of paper covering a rock).

If both kids chose the same symbol, they have to replay the round.


According to Wikipedia, Rock-Paper-Scissors is also called Roshambo and originally comes from China. It's so old that it dates back about 2,000 years to the time of the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). This game is now played in many countries around the world.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Glenda Bennett for pointing out the variations of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" in Australia!