Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • None
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recall the importance of moving the king away from danger
      General Objective(s):
      • Enhance gross motor skills
      • Improve coordination

      Explain that the goal of chess is to get the other player’s king, and you must move your king out of danger when it is threatened. In this game, the children get to pretend to be the king and move away from danger.

      Divide the children into 2 teams, one is the white team and one is the black team. They should spread out in the grass, teams intermixed (but lots space between them).

      The children can only move when their color is called. When the other color is called, they must stop.

      When the coach says, “White!” the white team tries to run towards the black team to tag them. When the coach says, “Black!”, the white team must stop and the black team can run away. Repeat a few times, then switch who is chasing and who is the chasee.


      Designate one child for each team as the “king.” The other children try to protect the king from danger by getting in the way of the other team (but no touching with arms or upper body to prevent injuries). Stop the game periodically to name a new “king.”

      Description for Parents

      We continued learning about the king in this chess version of freeze tag. In chess, you cannot leave your king in danger when it is threatened by an opponent’s piece. In this live action game, half of the children got to pretend to be the white king moving out of danger while the other children were the black team trying to capture them. When the coach yelled, “White!,” the children on the white team ran, but when the coach yelled, “Black!,” the white team had to stop and the black team tried to tag them. After a bit, roles were reversed and the white team chased the black.