Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • 4 giant bishops
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how a bishop moves
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination
      • Identify a diagonal line
      Description:

      Set up the four bishops in the field so that the children can run diagonally between them.

      Show how to run through them. Have each kid run the course, touching each bishop, then circling the outside back to the beginning. One can start before the other finishes.

      When they repeat it, you can tell them to skip, hop, tiptoe, side step, etc.

      Variation 1:

      “Run the straight line” Set up the rooks so that there is a straight line course to run (rows and columns)

      Variation 2:

      Add the queens to “Run the diagonal” or “Run the straight line” for more stops. (Once they’ve learned how the queen moves) 

      Description for Parents

      Everyone took turns to run between the bishops in the field to practice running a diagonal line. After understanding the diagonal, they each took their turn to tiptoe, skip or sidestep between the bishops. It was giggles and more giggles to see how they used their “diagonal” imagination.