Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Assortment of giant pieces
  • 2 hula hoops
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Identify different chess pieces by name and shape
      General Objective(s):
      • Enhance gross motor skills

      Explain that part of chess is capturing the other player’s pieces. We will be capturing pieces by throwing hula hoops on them. Set up the giant pieces on the middle of the giant board or in empty space in the area. A good setup is 2 front row, 3 back. Place a small chess board on floor in front of the pieces as the starting position (you can vary the range of the small board from the pieces based on the age of the students). Demo how to throw the hula hoop to capture a piece. Have children take turns throwing the rings at the pieces like a ring toss. Make sure to call out the piece name if they get one. Have all children cheer when someone captures a pieces.


      Set up pawns as the front row and tell them how pawns are like a little army that protect the king (or whatever analogy you think appropriate).

      Description for Parents

      We took turns “capturing” giant chess pieces by throwing hula hoops over the pieces. Several children captured the king!