Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chessboard, 
  • Giant rook and giant bishop (or whatever pieces you want to focus on)
  • Bean bags
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Identify different chess pieces by name and shape
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve coordination and dexterity
      • Improve ability to focus

      Set up the rook and the bishop on one side of the big board. Have the children stand in a row at the other side of the board, with bean bags at their feet.

      Tell them you will call out a piece name, and they should throw the bean bag at the piece you call out. (Demonstrate the throw, underhanded)

      After a few throws, say you’re going to mix things up. Call out things like, “this piece moves in a straight line” or “this piece has a mouth”

      The children can retrieve their bean bags after each toss or after several tosses. 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.


      Use whatever pieces you’d like.

      Description for Parents

      The children practiced hand-eye coordination while exercising their listening and recall skills as they threw bean bags at giant chess pieces. The coach gave clues about the pieces and then the children would try to throw to the correct piece.