Pawn Mower puzzles are a great way to teach beginning students how the pieces move. Young players, in particular, often struggle to remember how all of the pieces move if taught all in one sitting. The puzzles allow students to focus on one piece at a time until each piece is mastered.
Begin by teaching them how one piece moves. Before moving on to another piece, let them do Pawn
Mower puzzles featuring that piece until you are confident they have mastered its movement. The younger the player, the longer you will need to spend on each piece. Don’t worry, they will have fun with the puzzles, so they won’t mind if it takes some time. If they do, it might be a sign that they are ready to move on.
Once all the pieces have been taught, all that remains is to teach them how pawns move, a couple of special moves, and wa la…they can play a game of chess.
Some kids learn faster if the puzzles are initially set up and solved on a chess board.
Click here for a free downloadable and printable pdf of puzzles focused on the rook. Pdfs for the other pieces can be found following these links for the Rook, Bishop , Knight and Queen.
We have included a bunch of rook puzzles in the booklet, but if that’s not enough you can skip around in the Combo Edition and do as many of the easy puzzles as necessary to master this chess piece.