Time Required:

5-10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Any number of giant pieces, but at least as many as number of students
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Locate the proper piece by name
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination
      • Improve memory

      Line the students up by the board. Have all of the giant pieces next to the side of the board. Have each student quickly pick a piece and put it on any square of the board, then run to the end of the line (demo first). Now ask each student to get [name] piece and put it back on the side of the board. Repeat. Reorder the line occasionally so that everyone has a chance to pick the “first” piece.

      Variation 1:

      Ask the student which piece they are going to get before they run to get it.

      Variation 2:

      After the pieces are on the board, ask each student to get [name] piece and move it the way that piece can move. 

      Description for Parents

      All of the white pieces were lined up by the side of the giant chessboard. The children got to take turns moving a piece from the side to anywhere on the board. After every child got a turn to place a piece, the coach asked each child to retrieve a specific piece (for example, a pawn) and place it back on the side.