You don’t need a four square ball to play four square but it is pretty cool and inexpensive (under $5). This is a fun game that everyone can play, old or young it doesn’t matter. Even grandma can join in. The rules are simple and if you don’t have natural cracks in your driveway like we do you can use painters tape to make the cross for the grid or sidewalk chalk. Just Google the rules and you are off to a great start. This is very fun for kids of mixed ages and you don’t need much space to play. It is like playing soccer with your hands. I didn’t realize that there are four square competitions and leagues too, maybe your kids can start one in the neighborhood this summer. A four square neighborhood club, now that would be a 30 minute outside activity that would keep on giving!
The developmental benefits are perfect with this activity — eye hand coordination, balance and coordination. Crossing the midline is very beneficial too (when one hand crosses over to the other side of the body) and is another reason to teach your kids to play this. When they cross the midline they are using both sides of their brains, a skill that will help them with reading and writing and all other sports. The social benefits are there too with good sportsmanship and interacting with three other people. If you think your kids are too old to play, think again, some of my boys’ best four square games are played with their older sister and brother. There are even adult leagues across the country. Dad can get in on this one too and mom, with your keen ability to balance things and not let anything ‘get past you’, you may win if you get out there with them! Give it a try!