Get ready to rumble in our Recess Enhancement Program's (REP) fun twist on rock-paper-scissors.


RPS Rumble

Who: Grades 3-8

Players: 10+

Time: 10 minutes+

Where: Auditorium, cafeteria, classroom, gymnasium, hallway, library, playground

Equipment: None 

How to Play 

  • Players line up and stand 6 ft away from each other. Go over rock-paper-scissors with the players. 
  • All the students will play against the coach, called the rumbler. 
    • If a player is successful against the rumbler, he or she remains standing. 
    • If a player throws the same sign as the rumbler, he or she remains standing. 
    • If a player is unsuccessful, he or she does five jumping jacks, then sits down. 
  • The game continues until there is one player left standing. That player becomes the new rumbler. 

Check for Understanding 

  • What does paper beat?
  • What do you do when you are unsuccessful?

Game Tip  

  • Players who are unsuccessful and are sitting down can still participate as long as they stay seated. 

Conflict Resolution Tip  

  • Time permitting, keep playing until everyone gets a chance to be the rumbler. 


Easy: Practice rock-paper-scissors before playing.

Medium: No one gets out. Complete a couple of rounds, then choose a new rumbler.

Hard: Have two rumblers in front of the groupl

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