Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Each of the six different giant pieces
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

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

      Set up the giant pieces at various places. Call out a piece name and have children run to that piece. Change things up by having the children “hop to the knight,” “fly to the bishop,” “walk like a monkey to the pawn,” etc. Do it with them till they are comfortable with which piece is which.

      Description for Parents

      This version of “Simon Says” is all about piece recognition and listening comprehension. A giant king, queen, bishop, rook, knight, and pawn were spread out in the field. As the coach called out, “The King says…” commands, the children would follow the command and touch the correct piece. This helped them practice sharing as well, since everyone’s hands had to fit on the piece. The children got to run, skip, fly, and side step from the board to the pieces. They also had to listen and make sure they didn’t move when any other piece “gave” the command!