Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Giant chess pieces (variation 1)
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Practice capturing etiquette
      General Objective(s):
      • Enhance gross motor skills
      • Improve focus
      • Enhance coordination

      Explain that when you capture the other player’s piece in chess, you replace it with your piece and calmly move the piece to the side of the board. 

      • “Do you throw it?”, students answer No! 
      • “Do you knock it over?” No!
      • “Do you eat it?” No!
      • ask one student, “[Name], what do you do with the piece?” answer: move the piece to the side

      “We’re going to pretend we’re captured now!”

      All children pick a square on the board. When coach says, “Capture!”, they move off the board to the side. When coach says, “On the board!”, they find a square. Repeat a few times.

      Variation 1:

      Put giant chess pieces on the board. When coach says “Capture!,” the children each pick a piece, move it to the side and stand on the square.

      Variation 2:

      Coach has to touch a child to capture. They must stand still like statues. Coach moves stealthily through children, then quickly touches one and says, “Capture!” That child has to move off the board. Repeat till everyone is off the board, then start over again.

      Description for Parents

      The children learned about proper capturing etiquette and pretended they were chess pieces being captured.