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    Four Square

    I'm not sure this is the right forum in which to ask this question.

    Is there a children's game called "Four Square"?
    I believe that it is a game, rather than a puzzle.

    Did not find any reference in my dictionaries.

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    Re: Four Square

    I found http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/b...foursquare.htm.

    Never heard of such a game.

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    Re: Four Square

    Here is a variant of what you found. This is more the game I remember. We used to (when we were older) play that you had to go in order. The person in sq A (leader) would give a "list name" and in addition to getting and hitting it into the next square you had to name something from the "list or collection". If you missed the ball, missed the next square, named an incorrect item or one that already been used you were out

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    Re: Four Square

    Looks like the links the other have provided give a good explanation of the game. I do recall this being a popular elementary school game played during recess in the late 60's.

    A four-square pattern would be taped onto a concrete surface. The overall large square was probably 6-8 ft square. The 4 players would stand just outside the lines. The server would bouce the ball once in their square and underhand it to another square (any one) where it should bounce once as that player bounced it to another square.

    Not very difficult but it did require some concentration. Before the game began, a subject was chosen, i.e. colors, animals, teachers, etc. Whenever you had the occasion to hit the ball, you had to say something that fit into the subject matter. The rules were: you could not tap the ball back to the person that hit it to you (that simply means you had to hit it into one of the other two squares), and you could not repeat a word that had already been announced.

    I may start the game by tapping the ball to you and saying "dog", you'd hit to one of the other two players and say "horse", and on it goes. Sooner or later, someone would hit the ball out of bounds, hit a line, not know a new word in the subject at hand or recess would end. It's a good game for children 5 - 8 years old. Builds coordination and keeps them thinking ahead as they try to have a word prepared in advance. Just when you know exactly what your next word would be, the person hitting the ball to you would use your word...think quick, just one bounce of the ball and you have to knock it to another square.
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    Re: Four Square

    Thanx.

    I had also found that, and other, variants.

    I had never even heard of the game.

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    Re: Four Square

    Seem's there's not just one set of rules for the game.

    By the time the late 60's rolled around, I guess the world I lived in would not have exposed me to the knowledge that such a game existed.

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    Re: Four Square

    It was also played in the late 80s - I remember playing it myself, mostly from 3rd to 6th grades (at which point it became less "cool").

    ETA: And, we used chalk to draw the squares, not tape.

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    Re: Four Square

    I recall the asphalt playground (we kids were tought back then, our playgrounds had "monkey bars" on asphalt, none of this "wimpy" foam padding for us) at our schools had several painted on them.

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    Re: Four Square

    The "foam" stuff must be a new addition - we had dirt/mud (depending on the weather). I remember one time I was crawling on a jungle gym and got the bright idea to stand up on the very top - where the hole is to get down through. I slid, caught my chin on one of the bars, then landed in a pile of mud. Still have a scar on my tongue where I bit it when I hit the bar.....fun times! <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Four Square

    Yes many of them use "sports floors", a "bouncy, rubbery, foam", though many are almost a elastomers.

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    Re: Four Square

    Well, back when I was a kid, we used to draw the squares using the pointed end of a masterdon tusk, into the still-molten rock, which today forms our familiar mountain ranges.

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    But didn't the rubber ball melt in the still-molten rock? Guess that made the game a little more interesting <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Four Square

    They didn't have rubber in those days, they used rocks as balls.

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    Re: Four Square

    That's hard to believe....

    Yeah, I'm not so good at the puns. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Four Square

    And it was so much easier in those days - any old rock would suffice, since we hadn't developed the concept of "round" back then. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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