Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:

  • Big chess board

Chess Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

  • Identify key parts of the chess board

General Objective(s):

  • Recognize a square
  • Improve focus
  • Enhance gross motor skills

Description:

Ask the children what the board is made up of – the point of the discussion is that the board is made of black squares and white squares, but give the children time to give a few answers, and if no one can tell you, then tell them. Have the children stand outside of the board. Instruct them how to play the game and demonstrate. Remind them no pushing.

The coach will call a command:
Black square – every kid finds a black square
White square – every kid finds a white square
Off the board – move off the board

You can make the game fun by making crazy patterns, or speeding up as you go. E.g., “black square, white square, off the board, black square, black square, white square, off the board, white square, off the board.”

Description for Parents:

This game helps the children learn about the chessboard. We noted that the board is made up of white and black squares. As the coach yelled out, “Black square,” “White square,” or “Off the board,” the kids hopped around to the correct place on the board.