How about a little practice? Chess boards are great for discovering patterns, square numbers, and for spatial exercises. How many squares can you and your child find on a typical chess board?
Are you thinking, “That’s too easy?”
Although this investigation from “Teaching Ideas” seems quite simple, it requires a methodical approach if the correct answer is to be attained.
As the title suggests, the investigation involves children finding out how many squares there are on a chessboard. You might think that there are only 64, but you would be wrong…
Click here to open a chess board image that you can use for this exercise, or use an old chess board from home (make sure it’s old, because they’ll probably end up writing on it to keep track of different squares!)
Colored pencils or markers
Scrap paper to keep a running total (good opportunity to demonstrate this by helping your child keep score!)
Of course, I’ve included the How Many Squares Answers, but try not to peek!