Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Giant king
  • Kick balls
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recognize the importance of protecting the king throughout the game
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination
      • Prioritize protecting versus attacking in a game

      Explain that the king is one of the most important pieces of the game. When the king is captured, the game is over. Have children make a circle around the king facing out (or a line in front). Roll balls at the king and have children kick it away.


      Have some of the children roll the balls and some of the children protect the king.

      Description for Parents

      The coach reminded the children that the goal of a chess game is to checkmate the other player’s king, so it is very important to protect your king — when your king is captured, the game is over. The children formed a protective line in front of a giant king piece while the coach rolled balls to them, and they protected the king by blocking the balls.