1. Readiness Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

  • Less Than 10 minutes

On the playground, most conflicts can be solved with a good ol’ fashioned game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (also called Roshambo). Use this simple playground tool as a means to increase cooperation and communication as students are challenged to evolve from Eggs to Superheros! Can your students all become Superheroes and fly high around the playground?

Development Goal

To increase social comfort and to improve non-verbal communication

Before You Start

  • Have the whole group gather in a contained area.
  • Explain the evolution of all life in our group goes in this order: First the egg, then the chicken, the dinosaur, rock star, superhero.
  • Each stage of evolution has a corresponding action – egg is low to the ground with hands over their head, chicken walks like a chicken and clucks, dinosaur has arms outstretched like big jaws, etc.
  • Demonstrate clearly the different steps and order of evolution, including what to do if you win or do not win Rock Paper Scissors (also called Ro Sham Bo).
  • Make sure that everyone knows how to play Ro Sham Bo.
  • Remind players that they can only do Rock Paper Scissors with someone who is at the same stage of evolution, this encourages players to interact with many different people, not just their friends.

How to Play

  • Everyone begins as an egg.
  • Players mix up, pair up and play Rock Paper Scissors (also called Ro Sham Bo).
  • The person who wins evolves to the next step, the person who did not win goes down a stage.  If the player is already an egg s/he remains an egg.
  • Players pair up again, only with someone who is in the same stage of evolution.
  • When a player evolves all the way to a superhero, s/he is finished and can fly around the area.
  • Game ends when all the players are also superheroes or when the time limit is up.


  • Allow players who lose Rock Paper Scissors to remain at their current stage of evolution. This makes the game go a little faster.
  • Also called Morph.