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This article was written in response to the following question posed by fourthteacher: We had a very wet spring, and I've been at my wits' end trying to come up with activities to do with my 4th graders during recess time. Ideas, anyone?

The Corner Game - Rainy Day Recess Activities

On rainy days, the Corner Game is a way to help students get a little bit of their energy out.

First of all, if you want to play this game, you need to make sure your classroom is NOT an obstacle course. Maybe move desks to the center of the room, and make sure there isn't clutter on the floor, because students will be moving around a lot.

The teacher should make four signs, each with one of the numbers from 1 to 4. These signs should be posted on the walls in each of the four room corners.

The teacher then assigns one student to be "it." This student closes his eyes and counts to ten aloud. While he is counting, the other students move to one of the four corners. Depending on how "active" your kids are, they may be prone to running from corner to corner, so you may need to set some speed limits.

When the student who is "it" reaches ten, he calls out a number from 1 to 4 (remember, his eyes are closed, so he can't see who is at each corner). Whoever is at the corner he called has to sit out the remainder of the game.

The same student counts to ten again, and continues on until only one student is left. This one student is the new "it," and everyone gets to return to the game.

Helpful hints for playing this game:

1. Encourage students to make use of all four corners, so someone is eliminated during each round.

2. When you only have a few students remaining, eliminate a corner by telling the students they can't go to that corner, and telling "it" that he can't call that number.

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