Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Nothing, or giant queen
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recall that the queen is a powerful attacking piece
      General Objective(s):
      • Exercise
      • Improve gross motor skills
      Description:

      Explain that the queen is a powerful attacking piece and you always need to know where she is and avoid being caught by her. Choose a child at a time to be “the queen.” The queen child will chase the other children in a game of tag. (Some young children don’t know how to play tag yet, so the coach should demonstrate.) If the “queen” tags a child, that child should return to the board. After a little play time, switch children. Allow each child to have a turn being “the queen.”

      The children always like it when they get to end the game by tagging/tackling the coach!

      Variation:

      Allow “the queen” child to carry a giant queen with them. Make sure they do not swing the piece or hit other children with it.

      Description for Parents

      This fun activity gives the kids a chance to run around and be silly while still learning about chess.  The coach explained that the queen is an important attacking piece in chess, and you always need to know where the other player’s queen is and try to avoid her. Then the children got to take turns holding the giant queen piece and chasing the other players. If a child was tagged by the queen, they returned to the board. All of the children had a chance to be the queen.