Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • All giant pieces
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how to set up the chess board for the beginning of a chess game
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination
      • Demonstrate teamwork
      • Demonstrate good sportsmanship

      Place all giant pieces, separated by color, at opposite end of the play area from the giant board. Break participants into 2 groups. Tell the participants that the goal is to set up their entire side of the board. One person per team at a time will run and get the piece they are told to get and place it in the correct place on the board. 

      Variation 1:

      Have two coaches, so that teams can keep going as soon as the team member returns.

      Variation 2:

      Give clues instead of piece name, like “this piece can only move diagonally.”

      Variation 3:

      For small groups, you can set up just one side of the board and have them all on the same team. Repeat a few times and try to beat your speed, or make it harder the second or third time by incorporating variation 2.

      Description for Parents

      The children formed into a white team and a black team. They ran a relay race to retrieve the pieces from the opposite end of the room and set up the giant chessboard. Afterwards, we all set up the little boards, too.