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Outdoor Chess Set

Updated on July 10, 2014

Giant Chess Sets For Kids

A giant outdoor chess set is the perfect way to get your child interested in chess. I don't know about you, but I can't imagine my kids saying "No mom. I don't want to play games on that giant chess board." Any kid would jump at the chance to be able to play "Harry Potter Chess"!

But these giant chess sets aren't just for kids. They offer hours of entertainment for both kids and adults of any age.

If you have a large group of people, like at a family reunion or a birthday party, a giant outdoor chess set makes the perfect diversion. Read on to find out an easy way to let everyone play at once!

Giant Outdoor Chess

When I saw these giant chess sets, I immediately thought of all the fun we could have with it at our next family reunion. My thought is to set the giant chess pieces to the side and have people play as the chess pieces.

Of course, my Grandma and her sister would have to be the queens, with their sons acting the kings. My sisters and I, along with our cousins, would be the rooks, bishops and knights, with our children acting the part of the pawns.

I imagine the fun we would have while arguing over what our next move should be and who we should knock off the board next would keep us entertained for hours!

Garden Chessmen on Chess Board
Garden Chessmen on Chess Board

These 39" to 48" chess pieces are made of polyeurethane plastic and weigh almost 4 pounds each! The chess board consists of the standard 64 squares that spread out to be 10' x 10'.


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Large Chess

To me, these chess pieces are the perfect size for a children's birthday party. They aren't so big that the little ones can't pick them up, and they are't so small that the older kids tower over them. If it's a large party, each child could be assigned a certain chessman to move. If it's a smaller party, the kids could just take turns playing.

Kettler Giant Chess Pieces Complete Set with 25 Inches Tall King - White and Black
Kettler Giant Chess Pieces Complete Set with 25 Inches Tall King - White and Black

These giant chess pieces are 25" tall and made of durable lightweight plastic. The screw in bottom lets you add water or sand for heavier chess pieces. This chess set only includes the chess pieces, but you can buy the giant chess board down below.


When I saw this giant chess board, my first thought was "Human chess!". That's right! Who needs chess pieces if you have people?

This chess board is just the right size you need for playing with the chess pieces shown above. The pieces are durable and weather resistant, so you don't have to worry about leaving it outside.

Big Chess

I taught my son to play chess when he was 4. Although he picked up on it faster than I expected, I think it would have been a lot more fun for him if we would have played on a big chess set like this. I mean, of course any small child would like to walk across a huge chess board rather than sit still at a table. I think this chess set would also make it easier to teach chess to a child. Plus it encourages activity!

Giant Indoor Outdoor Chess Set 16 Inch Kings Big
Giant Indoor Outdoor Chess Set 16 Inch Kings Big

These 16" tall chess pieces are made of weighted plastic and come with a 53 x 53" plastic chessboard that easily folds up for storage.


This chess set for kids could easily be set up and played in the family living room. The pieces are sturdy, lightweight and the perfect size for little children. This will engage their interest and keep them happily playing for hours on end.

I also want to add that the customer service for this chess set is outstanding. The two customers that received the set with a broken chess piece both left 5 star reviews and stated that the piece was replaced immediately and without hassle.

Giant Chess Set
Giant Chess Set

These 11" chess pieces are made of durable polyresin and have removable bases that make it easy for you to add weight. This set includes an 8 x 8' plastic chess board mat and a plastic carrying bag to store everything in.


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Wouldn't you love to play giant chess?

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I have played it, actually, and it was really fun. There's a huge, outdoor set at a local observatory (Lowell Observatory), where I used to live. At least, there used to be. Anyway, very cool lens, and I like the Zazzle shirts.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I think these could be a lot of fun, especially if you have space in the yard and you enjoy chess.

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      PositiveChristi1 5 years ago

      I've put one of these on my "Must Have" list. It'll be great fun for outdoor parties.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Would love to have one of these giant sets to put in the living room or game room.

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      LeCordonDude 6 years ago

      I want a big BIG chess set!! :) like the big chess set in History of the World Pt 1

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      The giant chest sets are absolutely amazing. I had never seen these king size board games before but they are an item which I could see as being wonderfully unique. Love it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cool idea!

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      I have actually played Lawn Chess! It was cool indeed, and talk about getting a different perspective in the game! Although I never had the chance to play, I've also seen games with live chessmen. Of course no board, you need a field, and nothing like having your Rook talk back to you. :-)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Cool shirts! Sounds like Harry Potter chess!