Chess

You can make a chess game board (or other game board) by making a simple basket-weave square from a cereal box or thick paper.

You can make game pieces with flat buttons and telephone wire. Then add beads to define individual game pieces. Tip: the bottom button needs to be concave to hold the sculpture upright.

chess and checker board

Make a simple basket weave game board from a cereal box or thick paper. Check out our paper room for supplies.  Game pieces are made from flat buttons and telephone wire, the bottom button needs to concave to hold sculpture upright. Beads are added to define individual game pieces.

chess game pieces

Applications Across Subjects:

Math
  • Measuring
  • Counting (in order to ensure matching pieces)
  • Probability
  • Game-playing strategies
ELA
  • How-To books (about making the game)
  • Non-fiction writing about chess and games around the world
  • Fiction writing
Social Studies
  • Study of chess and games around the world
  • Make your own game rules (create a new game using these pieces)
Science
  • Construction of board and game pieces
  • Study of materials used
Social & Emotional
  • Teamwork and teambuilding through partner play

 

Suggested Materials from the Warehouse:

  • jewelry boxes, jewelry trays
  • poster board, foam core
  • envelopes, contact paper
  • fabric wallpaper, vinyl, fabric squares
  • leather, suede, foam fabric
  • beads, buttons
  • ribbon, chording
  • hardware-nuts, bolts
  • ceramic tiles
  • carpet squares

Suggested Materials from the Recycling Bin:

  • boxes (cereal boxes, mailing boxes)
  • trays (candy trays, pastry trays)
  • bottle caps and corks
  • buttons
  • bread tags
  • keys
  • bolts
  • telephone wire, shoe string, yarn
  • Styrofoam

Making games and game boards provides an opportunity for critical thinking and problem solving. Students integrate measurement and design into the making of their game board and game pieces and apply value to spaces on the board for probability and chance. Making games and game boards for math practice enables students use their critical thinking skills by problem solving and collaboration.

Chess Board (Summer 2013: Creative Infusion)

Chess Board (Summer 2013: Creative Infusion)