Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • 1 giant knight
  • 4 other giant pieces
  • Bean bags
  • Small board
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how a knight moves and captures other pieces
      General Objective(s):
      • Recognize an L-shaped pattern in different rotations
      • Improve coordination
      • Demonstrate teamwork


      You will set up a knight movement patter in the room. Place a small board as the starting point. Set up bean bags to form a knight movement pattern – hop-hop-change direction — or you can tape the floor instead. At the end of the bean bag path, place a piece. Repeat for 4 pieces. See image below (unlike the image, the pieces should all be one color and the main knight the opposite color).

      Tell the children that the knight captures, or takes, the other color’s pieces using its hop-hop-change direction movement. In this game, they get to practice taking the other color’s pieces.

      To play: this is a team effort! The first child carries the knight following the hop-hop-change direction pattern, puts the knight where the other piece is, and takes the captured piece back to the coach. Then he tags or high fives the next child, who takes the knight from its place and follows the pattern to the next piece – again, the child takes the piece and replaces it with the knight, takes the piece back to the coach. Repeat till all of the pieces are captured! Set up again and repeat several times so that all of the children have multiple chances to move the capturing knight in different ways.

      Description for Parents

      Everyone got to work together to capture pieces using the knight. The coach set up a path of pieces for the knight to capture and the children took turns moving the knight to capture the pieces using the “hop-hop-change direction” movement.