"Piedra, papel o tijera" is a Spanish version of "Rock, Paper, Scissors". It's used to decide something between two people, such as who goes first in a game, etc.

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According to Wikipedia in Spanish, this game has different names in the Spanish speaking world such as… "cachipún", "jankenpón", "dum-kin-voy", "yan ken po", "pin pon papas", "chis bun papas", "hakembó", and "chin-chan-pu".

Game Instructions

Two players each hide one hand behind their back. Then they say the line together at the same time, "¡Piedra, papel o tijera!". On "tijera" they put their hands out at exactly the same time in one of the three signs, "Piedra" (rock), "Papel" (paper) or "Tijera" (scissors).

Here's how to make each sign:

-Piedra (Rock): Make a fist.
-Papel (Paper): Put out a flat hand horizontal to the ground.
-Tijera (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:

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

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

Whoever wins the round is the winner of the game. Sometimes kids will decide that the winner is whoever wins 2 out of 3 rounds.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

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