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
      Description:

      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.

      Variation:

      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.