Chess Pieces & Game Board

Lesson #12110

Have fun making your own Chess Pieces and game board!

Grade Level:

Playing chess helps with memory and creativity and exercises both sides of a student’s brain. The Chess Pieces and game board are simple to make, and any lost pieces can quickly be remade.

Construct the Chess Pieces and game board to stimulate student activity and creativity. Students will enjoy making and playing this challenging game while developing their logic and memory skills.

A11161-Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Chess Pieces
Adhesive, Construction paper, cardstock or poster board, Scissors, Tape
Adhesive, Construction paper, cardstock or poster board, Scissors, Tape

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. To create the chess board, tape two 6 1/2" x 13" pieces of white cardstock or poster board together. This will make the chess board easy to store.
  2. Die-cut 32 squares from the Chess Pieces Die using black construction paper.
  3. Cut two 1/2" strips of paper, and position them as guides along a side and bottom of the chess board.
  4. Adhere a square in a corner of the chess board, using the strips as guides. Place another black square next to the adhered square as a marker.
  5. Adhere another black square next to the marker square, and then remove the marker square.
  6. Alternate the black squares in eight rows to finish the chess board (Main Photo).
  7. To create the Chess Pieces, die-cut the Chess Pieces using two contrasting colors of construction paper. Die-cut 8 pawns, 2 castles, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 1 king, 1 queen and 16 circle shapes from each of the colors.
  8. Fold on the vertical perforation in the center of each piece, except for the knight, which folds on the horizontal (Figure A).
  9. Fold up the bottom base flaps.
  10. Place adhesive on one inner side of each Chess Piece (not on the bottom base flaps), and press the sides together.
  11. Place adhesive on the opened bottom base flaps, and adhere to a coordinating colored circle (Figure B).
  12. Position the Chess Pieces on the board, and let the games begin!

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
Achievement Standard:

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

NA-VA.K-4.5. Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
Achievement Standard:

  • Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.


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