• Four Square (grades 3-6), Bounce Square (grades K-3) 4 players are needed for this game.

    Physical Education

    Overview: Here are two versions of the popular recess game Four Square. I created a modification for younger grades called Bounce Square. 4 players are needed for this game.

    Estimated Time: 

    10-15 minutes to an hour

    Explanation of Activity: 

    Four Square Rules:

    • Each player stands in one of the four squares.
    • To start the game, the player in square four serves the ball by bouncing it in their square once and then hitting it towards one of the other squares. The receiving player then hits the ball to any other player in one of the other squares.
    • The ball must bounce in another player's square, and they must hit it to another player before it bounces a second time.
    • A player may hit the ball before it bounces, if they choose to do so.
    • If a player hits the ball so that it misses another player's square, or fails to hit the ball before the second bounce after it has landed in their square, they are "out".
    • When a player is out, the other players move up to take their place, and that player moves to the last square, or to the end of the line, if there are more than four players.
    • The object of the game is to move up to and hold the server's position. (The square labeled "1")

    Bounce Square:

    • Each player stands in one of the four squares.
    • To start the game, the player in square four serves the ball by bouncing it in their square so that it travels towards one of the other squares. The receiving player then catches the ball.
    • The player with the ball now repeats the process by bouncing the ball in their own square so that it travels to another player's square.
    • A player mits catch the ball before it bounces in their square.
    • If a player bounces the ball so that it misses another player's square, or fails to catch the ball before it lands in their own square they are "out".
    • When a player is out, the other players move up to take their place, and that player moves to the last square, or to the end of the line, if there are more than four players.
    • The object of the game is to move up to and hold the server's position (The square labeled "1").

     


    Quick things to know:
     

    Students in grades k-3 have played Bounce Square in class and students in grades 3-6 have played Four Square in class. Hopefully they remember and can teach family members.

    Reflection: Did you or any family member show good sportsmanship while playing? Anyone say something like "great play", or "Well done". Please practice good sportsmanship and positivity while playing games at home with family. 🙂

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