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PE Activity #23 - "4-Square"


Four Square is a simple yet addictive game that is played with a rubber ball and a square court divided into four smaller squares. The objective of the game is to keep the ball in play and avoid getting eliminated by other players.


  • Rubber ball

  • A square court divided into four smaller squares

SETUP: Draw a large square on the ground or use a pre-made court. Divide the large square into four smaller squares, and assign each player to a square.


  1. The game begins with the player in square four serving the ball by bouncing it once in their own square and then hitting it with their hands into another player's square.

  2. The other players must hit the ball back into any of the other squares without letting it bounce more than once in their own square.

  3. If a player fails to hit the ball into another square, hits the ball out of bounds, or lets the ball bounce more than once in their own square, they are eliminated and must move to the back of the line to wait for their next turn.

  4. When a player is eliminated, the other players move up to fill the vacant square, and a new player joins the game in square four.

  5. The game continues until only one player remains.


  • Use a larger ball that is easier to hit and control.

  • Allow players to catch the ball and throw it back into play instead of hitting it with their hands.

  • Eliminate players only when they fail to hit the ball into any of the other squares.


  • Use a smaller ball that is more difficult to control.

  • Increase the size of the squares to make it more difficult for players to hit the ball accurately.

  • Add a rule that players must hit the ball with their non-dominant hand.



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