How to Play Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag Game

If you are looking for a fun and easy game to break the ice, try out this exciting version of rock, paper, scissors. Guess what? You’ll need more than two players for this ice breaker.

This icebreaker is best played in large groups and requires a good amount of energy, quick thinking, and teamwork. Here is a quick guide on how to play rock, paper, scissors tag.

Features of the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag Game

 ★  Game Name Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag Game
 ★  Group size medium to large
 ★  Age any (8+)
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill running  / reaction
 ★  Place indoor (gym) and outdoor
 ★  Time up to 10 – 20 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials no

Aim of the Game

 The aim of the game is to tag as many opponents as you can. The team that has the highest number of players at the end of the game wins. 

Ideal Age and Group Sizes

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag Game will need six or more players. The game is best played in larger groups.

This game can be played by anyone aged 8 and up.

Preparation and Materials

To play Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag, you will only need a big room or enough outdoor space for two teams and a marker or chalk for drawing lines on the game field.

How to Play the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag Game

Step 1: The game begins by dividing the class or the group into two teams, team A and B. On each side of the game field, the game master will draw a line that will serve as the team’s base. Another line is drawn at the center of the field.

Step 2: Each team will assign hand signals for rock, paper, and scissors. Before each round begins, every team will discreetly choose which hand signal to show. For example, team A chooses “rock”, and team B “chooses” paper. Both teams will huddle at a meter apart from the line at the center. 

Step 3: Once the two teams are all set, the players will chant “rock, paper, scissors, shoot!” Once they mention the word “shoot,” both teams will readily show their hand signals. In this example, paper wins over rock, thus, team B wins this round. 

Team A, who loses the shoot, will swiftly turn and sprint back to their team base without getting tagged. On the other hand, team B, who wins the shoot, must quickly run after their opponents and tag them before reaching the team base. Once a player is tagged, that player will join Team B.

If both teams showed the same hand signal, all the players must quickly sit down. The last player to sit down will switch places with his counterpart from the other team.

At the end of the game, the team with the most number of players wins. 


Instead of running, players from both teams can either crawl, jump, skip or hop on one leg. This will make the game more challenging and fun.