How to Play Four Corners?

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Four corners is an easy and fun game you can play in the classroom or with a bunch of friends. All you really need to play four corners is a bunch of people, a pen or pencil, and a few sheets of paper.

DIY – Four Corners

  1. Number the four corners of the room. Put up a sign at each corner, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  2. Make space at the sides of the room. Clear the area near all four walls, so children can easily move between corners.
  3. Ask for a volunteer to be “It.” The volunteer gets to stand in the middle and count down.
  4. Explain the rules. Tell the players the rules of the game. The person in the middle will cover her eyes and count down from 10 to 0, loudly and slowly. Everyone else moves to one of the four corners very quietly. When the person in the middle finishes counting, she chooses a number from 1 to 4 (with her eyes still closed). Anyone standing in the corner she chose has to sit down. Anyone who isn’t in a corner when the counting is done has to sit down.
  5. Keep playing with the remaining students. After each round, the person in the middle can open her eyes and see who she knocked out. Then she closes her eyes again and counts from 10 to 0. Each round works the same way. Whoever is in the corner she chooses each round has to sit out for the rest of the game.
  6. Adjust the rules once most people are out. Once there are only a few people left, the game can take a long time to finish. Add extra rules to speed it up. Once there are eight people or fewer, each corner can only hold two people maximum. Once there are four people or fewer, each corner can only hold one person maximum.
  7. Play until there’s one winner. Once one person is left, that person gets to move to the center and count. Everyone else can stand up again and play for another round.

Now You Know

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