Mr. P. has a very logical and mathematical brain so when I told him about chess he was totally on board. We had a homemade checkerboard (tutorial here) but the problem was, we didn't own any chess pieces. Mr. P. didn't care. He said, "We can make our own!" So here was our hodgepodge chess game! We used army men, projector pieces, legos and corks. And you know what? First game in....he beat me!!!
Now we have made the move to regular chess pieces, I don't want the poor kid to think the game is actually played with corks.