5 Ways to Motivate My Child to Play and Learn Chess


Here are 5 tips that could help your child play and learn chess.

1. Set aside 10-15 minutes a day of uninterrupted learning time devoted to chess a couple of days a week.  If you are trying to teach your child how to play chess, and have the tv on or devices available they may become distracted.  Make sure to only have the chess board and pieces available during this learning time.

2. Introduce them to mini-games that will help break up the learning into bite-sized pieces, so your child will not be overwhelmed with too much information.  Playing mini-games lets your child figure out how to win right away instead of waiting for months to win.  The faster your child starts winning the more motivation Chess Made Fun believes your child will have towards chess.  For awesome mini-games purchase the book, Chess is Child’s Play, for mini-game lessons to teach your child.

3. Find a chess event in your area through a local chess club.  There are lots of local chess clubs throughout the United States.  Some clubs even provide free lessons for beginners, or have coaches present that will offer advice and a good game.  Even if you believe your child is too early in their learning you would be surprised how motivating it is to play with others of all ages. 

4. Check to see if your school has an after-school chess program.  If there is not one in your area consider signing up for Chess Made Fun’s after school virtual class program.   Playing chess with peers will engage your child on a new level. 

5. Consider watching chess movies as a family activity to excite your child about the game.  Searching for Bobby Fischer is a classic that kids will love.  Also Queen of Katwe is a Disney movie that families will enjoy watching together.  Brooklyn Castle is another favorite movie of chess enthusiasts. 

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