Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Lots of small pieces
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recognize and name chess pieces
      General Objective(s):
      • Enhance visualization skills
      • Improve concentration

      Have students sit or stand on a square on the board and put their hands behind their backs. Ask the children to close their eyes. Hand each child a piece behind their backs. Ask them to hold a bubble in their mouth and try to figure out what piece they have without looking. Then go one by one and ask what piece they have. Repeat a few times if time.

      Variation 1:

      When children have done this a few times, you can do a version that is like “pin the tail on the donkey” – have them close their eyes, put a giant piece a few steps in front of them, spin them 1-2 times, and let them feel a giant piece to identify it.

      Variation 2:

      Once they learn how the pieces move, have them identify the piece and tell how their piece moves. Optional: let them demonstrate their piece’s movement on the regular size board. 

      Description for Parents

      While sitting on the giant board, the children closed their eyes, put their hands behind their backs, and used their hands to identify the piece they were given. They did great at learning the differences between the different pieces.