4 Corners

April 30, 2020

To illuminate this period of social distancing and offer you meaningful activities, Equitas has adapted some of its activities to offer them online.

Here is the online version of 4 corners drawn from Speaking Rights.

This activity can be done with your family or other members of your household, or it can be facilitated in a virtual meeting. This game can also be played as an icebreaker or to create random teams quickly.

  • Age: 6+
  • Time: 10 min
  • Purpose: Learn to know each other; to experience feelings of inclusion and encourage children and youth to share personal interests.
You can download the instructions of this activity as a PDF to share it more easily: 4 Corners


  • No material required

How to play:

  1. To get a good start to a meeting, it can be interesting to facilitate an icebreaker. Explain to the group that the purpose of this activity is to get to know each other in a fun way.
  2. Prior to the meeting, choose 4 words related to a theme that corresponds to an interest that your group may have. You will find examples below.
  3. At the beginning of your meeting, introduce the theme and the 4 words to the members of your group. Ask everyone to choose the word that best represents them and share it in the chat.
    1. If you have more time and technology allows, divide the group into 4 sub-groups according to the words they have chosen and give them a few minutes to discuss their choice. Then bring the group back together.
  4. Word by word, ask a few people to share why they chose that word.
  5. You can do the activity on a general theme and then repeat it with a theme related to the main activity you will be facilitating. This game can also be played to create random teams quickly.

Here are some examples of themes and words:

If you were to listen to one style of music for the rest of your life it would be:

  • Celtic metal
  • Elevator music
  • Country
  • Dub-Step

What is the value that resonates most with you:

  • Inclusion
  • Respect
  • Participation
  • Open-mindedness

If you could meet one of the following people, it would be:

  • Alex Porter from Paw Patrol
  • Elsa from Frozen
  • The Incredible family from The Incredibles
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants

Group discussion:


  1. Did you like this game?
    Choose an emoticon that represents your choice and post it in the group chat.


  1. What did you learn about other children in the group? Did you have things in common?


  1. What else can we do to learn to know each other?

Human rights education for building welcoming and inclusive spaces.

This activity uses our 3-step participatory approach to promote learning about human rights and human rights values leading to action:

  1. Children and youth participate in activities that promote learning about human rights and human rights values (e.g. inclusion, respect for diversity, responsibility).
  2. Children and youth discuss how an activity made them feel, what it made them think about, and what they can change (act) in their own attitudes and behaviours and those of their peers.
  3. Together children and youth take action to promote respect for human rights values and children’s rights, and greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion in their classrooms, school playgrounds and communities.

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