Hero’s Challenge

  1. Icebreaker
  2. Indoor Game
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Ages 6-10

  • None

  • Under 10 minutes

As any comic book collector knows, being a fan can be even more fun than saving the world. In this game, players get to do both. Players play Rock Paper Scissors in pairs. Whoever is less successful becomes the winner’s number one fan, rooting for them as they find another player to challenge. By the end of the game, the whole group is cheering and clapping for two finalists.

This game is a good excuse for all students to practice Rock Paper Scissors, but the real focus is teamwork. By cheering for each other, kids learn to celebrate teammates and to refocus on team goals after personal setbacks.

 

Development Goal

Practice social awareness, self-management, and relationship skills.

Before You Start

  • Review the rules of Rock Paper Scissors (also called Ro Sham Bo or Jun Ken Po).
  • Make sure everyone understands the rules.

How to Play

  • Group everyone into pairs.
  • Have each partner group introduce themselves and play a round of Ro Sham Bo (or enough rounds to break a tie).
  • Everyone who does not win becomes the winner’s cheerleader, following them and shouting ‘Go _____!’
  • The winner moves on to play another winning student.
  • Each round, the winner advances to play again and the non-winners and any previous cheerleaders are now all cheering for that winner.
  • The game continues this way until it is down to two players and the whole group is cheering for one or the other.

Variations

This game is just as fun with adults as with kids. Consider playing at a staff meeting or during a parent-teacher night to break the ice.