Four Square Switch

  1. Ball Games
  2. Rotational Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

Development Goal

To develop verbal communication, conflict resolution, and eye-hand coordination

Before You Start

  • Designate a place for the line to start.
  • Explain the rules of the game.
  • Run a practice round.
  • Check that everyone understand.

Set Up

Same setup as standard foursquare.

How to Play

  • Play starts with a serve from player in square number 4 (or letter A).
  • After the ball bounces in a square but before the player hits it, they can call out another number (1-4) or letter (A, B, C, or D) to switch with.
  • These two players must switch squares.
  • After switching the players must play any ball in their new square.
  • The same rules apply as standard foursquare; if players don’t continue the play of the ball they go to the end of the line.


  • Restrict how many switches can occur in a round (1 per student, 5 per round).