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Four Square

A children's ministry take on our favorite game!
Quick Overview

Four Square is a children’s ministry version of one of our most popular games, Kill Square. It gets everyone up and moving, having fun, and laughing. This game takes a little bit of preparation but your kids are going to love it. It’s easy to understand and students on with any physical or mental status can participate.

Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or above
PC Windows 7 or above
Projector (Optional) This game can be displayed on any external monitor or projector.

First, mark off four, large squares that are big enough to fit a quarter of your group in each one. Using tape or large poster boards, label each square with a number as shown in the image above (we use duct tape on the ground).

Have everyone stand in a square. Then, hit the spacebar. There will be a 3-second countdown to allow people to make any last-minute changes.

Then, one of the squares will turn red and everyone who is in that square is out! They have to stand around the parameter of the room. The square that was killed becomes active again. Everyone left has a few seconds to move to a new square before you hit the spacebar again. Repeat this until there is one person left.

This is a high energy game for the youth group that works great with fast-paced music in the background and a host announcing which square(s) was picked. Also, make sure you have leaders and volunteers there to keep an eye on cheaters. It gets very chaotic and every youth group has, “that kid” who will slip back into the game when nobody is looking.

One final note: We found it best to leave a 3 footgap between the squares (rather than just making a large plus symbol on the ground). Having 4 separate boxes that are spaced out makes it much easier to see who was in the squares that were picked.