Time Required:

5-10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • At least 1 giant bishop and rook
  • Giant board
  • Bean bags
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how bishops and rooks move 
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve dexterity
      • Visualize movements
      • Match patterns

      Set up the giant board with at least 1 bishop and 1 rook on one side of the board (you can set up more pieces if you prefer).

      Have the children take turns throwing bean bags onto the board (you can ask them to aim for a certain square if you want). Ask the thrower if any of the pieces on the board can move to the square where the bean bag landed. Let them move the giant piece to test and see if the piece could move there.  High fives from all the children if they answer correctly!

      The children can retrieve their bean bags after the throw. Recommended: call out one color bean bag at a time, or call children by a clothing detail (“everyone with a red shirt, get your bean bag!”) to prevent children running into each other.

      Description for Parents

      The giant board was set up with a rook and bishop. The children took turns throwing bean bags onto the board and then determining whether either of the pieces could move to the space where the bean bag landed.