Chess is a lot for kids to learn how to play.  If your child is learning chess at a rate slower than anticipated there are a few things you can do that will not only motivate them to learn quicker, but will also build learning fundamentals known as meta-cognition (learning to learn).

  1. Begin with chess mini-games to help your child learn piece movement first, and build their confidence with chess
  2. Introduce a chess clock and play timed games, the clock will add excitement for your child
  3. Play checkmate puzzles, so your child will understand checkmate better
  4. Invest in chess books, so your child will study the game on their own to improve 

Whatever you do, do not get frustrated!  This could discourage your child from wanting to play.

What you do not hear talked about are games outside of chess that will support meta-cognition to help improve your child’s ability to think creatively for solutions.  Check out some options below for your child’s age.  These are independent thinking games that your child can play alone, or work with you to solve. 

Chess Made Fun recommends these games for the following ages:

2-4 years:

Bunny Boo – Not only will this game teach primary colors to your toddler, but your child will learn directions while working on motor skills.

4-6 years:

Camelot Jr – Chess-themed, and a fun, unique twist on puzzle games that will help develop logic and spatial reasoning.

6-8 years:

Laser Maze – Strategically place satellites throughout the maze game to guide the laser’s path, but watch out for space rocks that might get in the way.

8-10 years:

Walls & Warriors – Brain power is needed to protect your castle in this exciting game with 80 increasingly difficult challenges.

10-12 years:

Cube Puzzler PRO – Playing Cube Puzzler PRO stimulates the following cognitive abilities: planning, problem solving and spatial insight.

12+ years:

Solitaire Chess – Solitaire Chess combines the rules of traditional chess and peg solitaire to bring you a delightful and vigorous brain workout.

Remember, every child will learn chess at their own pace. These tools that we are discussing are meant to stimulate your child, so he or she does not grow impatient with learning. We hope this information will help chart a course for continued learning. Comment below to let us know what tools have worked for your children.

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  1. We love Story Time Chess and Solitaire Chess. Great fun with those two. Also if you want to teach chess from the very young age, you can use this book – net-bossorg/chess-puzzles-for-kids-by-maksim-aksanov – The pace of working on the diagrams should be individually adjusted to suit the child’s predisposition. In the case of my children, it worked to solve one or two diagrams per day, which took us about 5-7 minutes. The longer time it takes to focus, the more difficult it is for the child and the results are worse.

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