Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • 4 giant rooks
  • 4 bean bags per child
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how rooks move
      • Identify rooks’ starting position on the chess board 
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination
      • Demonstrate good sportsmanship

      Set up the four rooks in the play area in a wide square. Place bean bags at the foot of each rook (enough for each child to grab one per rook).
      Ask the children how the rook can move (forward, backward, side to side). 
      Show the children how to run in a straight line forward to the first rook, grab a bean bag, run to the next rook, grab a bean bag, and repeat till they’ve completed the square, and then the child can take the bean bags and drop one in each corner of the big board.

      Have the children start from behind the board, run one at a time to complete the circuit, then come back. When a child drops the last bag, get back in line — all the other children cheer!

      At the end, you can repeat, but this time the child picks up 4 bean bags from the board and drop them at the foot of each rook. 

      Have the children help clean up the bean bags.

      Variation 1:

      Have more than 1 student move at a time (start one before the other finishes the circuit).

      Variation 2:

      Run to 1, back to base, run to 1 2, back to base, run to 1 2 3, back to base.

      Variation 3:

      Make the children move forward, sideways, backward when collecting bean bags.

      Description for Parents

      Everyone got to practice moving like a rook. The rooks were set up in a large square in the room with bean bags at the bottom of each rook. Each child ran to each rook and grabbed a bean bag from each location, then deposited the bean bag on each of the corners of the giant board. We cheered for the whole team whenever we finished a round.