Two people playing Rock-Paper-Scissors Five Lives

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Five Lives

Fun variation of classic partner elimination game.

  • Very playful & fun
  • Healthy competition
  • Elimination game
  • Partner activity
  • No props

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Comments (2)

  1. smallishbear

    Practical Leadership Tips
    “Remind your group that with every round played, the winner goes up a level, and the loser goes down a level. It’s not a simple matter of only having five lives (despite the name of the game.)”

    For our Youth Group I call this game Scissors, Paper, Rock: Five Levels (rather than Five Lives) to avoid that confusion.


    • Mark

      Fair enough too, Sara. You make a good point, it’s just that this is what I’ve always known this game to be called. Thanks for helping others here 🙂

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