Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
    • Each of the six different giant pieces (King, Queen, Rook, Knight, Bishop, Pawn)
    • Lots of small pieces in a bucket
    Chess Objective(s):

    Students will be able to:

    • Identify different chess pieces by name and shape
    General Objective(s):
    • Exercise
    • Improve gross motor skills
    • Improve matching skills

    Set up a bucket of pieces on the giant board or on the ground. Set up the giant pieces scattered at a short distance from the bucket. (Optionally, use hula hoops around the giant pieces.) Have children race to put the regular sized pieces next to or on top of the matching giant piece. Turn cleaning up the pieces into part of the game too (returning the pieces to the bucket).


    Split the children into 2 teams using a bucket for white and a bucket for black pieces. Have 12 giant pieces total, one each black and white. Have the children race to see who can complete their bucket first.

    Description for Parents

    In this game, one of each giant chess piece was placed in the play area. The children pulled regular size chess pieces from buckets and ran to place the little pieces at the foot of the matching big pieces. The children especially loved balancing the small pieces on top of the big ones.