Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recall chess piece’s names
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve focus and listening skills
      • Enhance gross motor skills and response time

      Assign children to pieces (this group of 4 is pawn, this group of 4 is queen, etc.)
      When you call the piece name, they stand up, then quickly sit back down
      Call different piece names, repeating sometimes. Get faster, slower – the idea is that children are standing/sitting and giggling. 

      Variation 1:

      Add in more to do, like pat head, spin around, touch your toes.

      Variation 2:

      Show giant piece instead of calling out the piece name.

      Description for Parents

      The children were divided into small groups, which were each named after a chess piece. When their piece name was called, the children stood up quickly. We took turns standing up, and then we made the game more challenging by speeding up, slowing down, and adding in silly movements.