Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • None
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recognize the importance of protecting the king throughout the game
      General Objective(s):
      • Exercise
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Demonstrate teamwork

      One child pretends to be the king. The coach is an opposing team piece. The rest of the children are the king’s protective pieces – knights, bishops, queens, etc. The coach tries to tag the “king” and the children try to protect the “king” from the opposing team piece by getting in the coach’s way, letting the king run away.

      Switch after a bit and let other children get to be the king. 

      Variation 1:

      Let some of the children be on the opposing team.

      Variation 2:

      The children can only move like their piece could move — bishops only in a diagonal, pawns only forward, etc.

      Description for Parents

      One child pretended to be the king and the other students protected the king from the opposing color — the coach. The children took turns being the king.