Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:

  • Pictures or video of children playing chess
  • Regular-sized chess board
  • A few regular-sized pieces (including a king)
  • At least one of the giant pieces

Chess Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

  • Loosely describe a game of chess
  • Visualize what a “real” chess match looks like

General Objective(s):

  • Practice visualization skills


This activity is primarily a very short group discussion to orient students to what they will be learning.

Introduce yourself if this is a new class or has new students.

Core talking points:

  • Today we’re going to start learning about a game called “Chess” (show pictures or video)
  • Two people sit across from each other and take turns moving pieces (they may be familiar with checkers, so it may be useful to make that connection)
  • Chess is a game played on a board made up many squares (show board)
  • The game is over when one player has captured the other player’s king (show the king)
  • Chess is usually played at a table or on the floor, but you can play it on the computer or in the car, and today, we’ll be learning how to play outside in a very fun way, with very big pieces (show the big piece)

Here is an example video that can be shown to the students:


Use this as a review prior to starting each lesson until the children are comfortable with the concepts.

Description for Parents

We begin each lesson with a review of chess basics, such as number of players, colors, and piece names.