Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Giant queen
  • Giant rook
  • Bean bags
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Compare and contrast a queen and a rook
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve dexterity and coordination
      • Enhance focus

      Children often mistake the queen and the rook. This game helps them learn which is which. Set up the queen and the rook a little distance from the big board. Put all of the bean bags in a pile by the front of the board. Have the children line up, one behind the other. Review which piece is which.

      Each kid gets a turn where the coach calls out either “queen” or “rook” and the child tosses the bean bag at the one he thinks is correct. Take turns till all the bean bags are used (or they get bored).

      Feel free to use any of the variations.

      The children can retrieve their bean bags after everyone has a chance to throw. Recommended: call out one color bean bag at a time, or call children by a clothing detail (“everyone with a red shirt, get your bean bag!”) to prevent children running into each other.

      Variation 1:

      If a kid gets it wrong, they run out to grab the piece and put it in a “discard” pile.

      Variation 2:

      Have the children count how many bean bags are at the queen and how many at the rook at the end. Add them together (recount, then explain x + x = Y, etc.)

      Variation 3:

      After a few turns, add the king in, or other pieces.

      Variation 4:

      Have the children run the bean bags out and drop at the foot of the piece. All children can go at once. Put pieces at opposite ends of the play area so they’re running in different directions. You can also make them do a pattern (queen then rook)

      Variation 5:

      The children can try to knock over the queen or rook with their bean bag (they have to set it back up for the next kid).

      Description for Parents

      It’s very easy to confuse the queen and the rook, so this game helps the children learn to tell the difference between the two pieces. The children got to toss bean bags at the pieces as the coach yelled out the piece name. They also discussed how to tell the pieces apart based on different characteristics.