Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Giant king and queen
  • Magnet board with king and queen magnets (optional)
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how kings and queens move
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve coordination
      • Exercise

      First, use the magnet board to review that kings can move one space in any direction, while queens can move as many spaces as they want in any one direction. 

      This game is similar to Pawn Progression (red light, green light), but teaches the queen and king movements. When the coach yells, “King,” the children hop forward one step. When the coach yells, “Queen”, the children run forward until the coach yells “Stop!” 

      Set the king and queen together at the other end of the field — you can stand with the pieces and lift the appropriate piece as you yell out the command. Call out commands to the children, with the goal that they get to the king and queen and tag them. High fives when everyone finishes! (Repeat several times)

      Description for Parents

      After reviewing how kings and queens move, we played a fun game similar to red light, green light. When the coach held up the giant king, the children hopped forward once. When the coach held up the giant queen, the children hopped forward as many times as they could until the coach put the queen down and yelled, “Stop!” We had fun seeing how quickly we could change between king movements and queen movements.