All you need to do is make a square on the ground with a different color or pattern on each side. Then, just teach kids ages 4 and up some simple prompts and step back. Kids will add their own twists as they play. If they’re like the kids we know, they’ll ask to play again and will even start playing on their own. And that means they’ll build skills as they run, jump, direct and squeal.
"The Color Square Game" (as named by a few Tinkergarten explorers) is a simple, easy-to-set-up game that is instantly fun and has several clear benefits. The game requires players to listen carefully and follow directions, a fun and motivating way to develop focus and self-control. After kids listen to directions and decide where and how to run next, their bodies need to follow, helping to build brain-body coordination and control over their big muscles (aka gross motor skills). As kids get older, you can start to give clues like, "The color of the sky" or "Girls only stand on green." These require kids to make connections between an idea and a color or to consider which category in which they belong—sophisticated stuff for such young friends!