Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Lots of small pieces
  • Hula hoop
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Identify chess pieces by name
      • Recognize the importance of controlling the center of the chess board
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve dexterity
      • Count from 1 – 32
      Description:

      Set a hula hoop in the middle of the board. Have the students line up along two adjacent sides of the board (to reduce crossfire). Split the pieces between the students. Let them try to get the pieces in the middle of the board. 

      After the children throw the pieces, tell them how important it is to control the center of the board during a chess game.

      At the end of the game have them help separate, identify and count the pieces. 

      Variation:

      Call out which piece to throw.

      Description for Parents

      The children got to throw regular-size chess pieces into a hula hoop in the middle of the giant chessboard to learn how its important to control the center of the board during a game of chess. After this fun activity, they helped sort the pieces by shapes and colors. We counted the number of pieces and identified the pieces by name.