How to Play the “Four Corners” Game

Four Corners Make Shift BoxWhat you need is a somewhat symmetrical box that you can make a sort of “dice” out of. I used a box my sister sent recently that housed Christmas presents. I taped up the box, wrote the numbers 1 through 4 on four sides, then placed “Roll Again” on two sides, and then let my girls “decorate” the rest of the box.

You also need a room with four corners in it. You can choose to label the four corners or, like me, you can place a leader in each corner and have them hold up a finger to designate what number the corner is (this puts a human, relational presence to the corners and makes it fun).

Have the students pick a corner, then roll the dice. The number facing up is the corner that is out. Let kids pick a new corner and roll again. Keep going until the numbers have dwindled a bit, then have the students pick a corner one final time, however when you roll the dice, the number that is facing up, will be the corner that wins!

Update

Eleanor McVicar, via the Wesleyan Kids Facebook page, added a “twist” to this game:

Another twist to this game that I learned from supply teaching is that you have one of the kids stand in the middle of the room with their eyes closed. You can help them cover their eyes or use a blindfold. Then the one in the middle counts out loud to ten. By the time as they get to ten everyone else must be in a corner. The kid in the middle then calls out a number of one of the corners and then uncovers their eyes. The kids in that corner are out and the game continues.