Four Corners

The video above was taken at a kindergarten in Japan with students aged five to six.

Age group : Best played students aged between 5 and 10


  • Coloured wrist bands or another means of remembering teams

  • Rope to clearly mark the four locations

  • A small whiteboard with marker to keep scores

Preparation time : 10 to 15 minutes to prepare the flashcards

Objective : To be the team to score the most points at the end of the game.

Instructions :

Split the class into two teams. Give all students a color wrist band to identify their team. Bring students to the centre of the playing space. Clearly explain the four locations that students will run between. If the teacher is teaching from a classroom, these locations could be the corners of the room, or a teacher may wish to mark out locations using a rope. Place a vocabulary card in each of the four locations. Each round the teacher will count from one to ten, and while they are doing so, students run between the four locations. On the count of ten, students must stop at one of the locations. With their eyes still closed the teacher chooses one of the vocabulary of the locations, and any students standing there are eliminated. Bring the remaining students back to the center of the playing space and play a couple more rounds, eliminating more students with each round. Any students left after a couple of rounds score points for their team, and with time permitting a new game begins with all students. Count the points at the end to determine the winning team.