- Big chess board
- All giant pieces
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate how to set up the chess board for the beginning of a chess game
- 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.
Have two coaches, so that teams can keep going as soon as the team member returns.
Give clues instead of piece name, like “this piece can only move diagonally.”
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.