Leadership Inspirations Activities

Team Rock, Paper, Scissors

Try to get everyone on the same team in this high energy variety of Rock, Paper, Scissors


10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer, Mixer


Ropes Or Cones



This is a great high energy game for large groups. Teams try to win a variety of Rock, Paper, Scissors in an effort to get everyone on the same team.



  • You will need a large, open playing space like a field or gym to play.
  • Use ropes or cones to set up ‘home bases’ on either side of the playing space.
  • Safety: This activity includes running and tagging, make sure people are being safe.


  • Played like a big game of paper, rock, scissors: Elves beat Wizards, Wizards beat Giants, and Giants beat Elves.
  • Elves crouch down, Wizards put their hands in front of them like they are doing a spell, and Giants raise their hands up over their heads and grunt.
  • Split the group into two teams and designate their “home bases” on opposite sides of the playing space.
  • Have each team decide a character and an alternate.
  • The teams will then face each other in the middle of the field/gym etc. They should meet on a center line.
  • All together, they recite “Elves, Wizards, Giants, reveal yourselves” and then say the character they chose, with the appropriate action.
  • Whoever wins chases the other team and tries to tag them before they can get back to their “base” on the other side of the gym/field.
  • If a person is tagged, they join the other team.
  • If a tie results, go to the alternate character.
  • The game is over when everyone is on the same team!


  • You can also play Team RPS with traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors instead of characters.
  • For other fun variations of the traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors check out RPS Posse or Evolution.


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?


  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What does your group do well as a team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?