When is a Good Time to Teach My Kid to Play Chess?

A few questions you may be asking yourself…

What are benefits to teaching my child to play chess?

When is a good time to teach my kid to play chess?

Your situation could be…

  • You are a parent who wants to see their kids unplugged from a device and having conversations over a chess board. 
  • You home-school and are looking for a game that offers fun but tons of educational benefits with a lifetime of value.
  • You want to find an activity that will engage your children for 1-2 hours so you can get some work or chores accomplished.
People in chess school learning the game

Regardless of why you are ready to teach your child chess, the question still remains – at what age should you introduce the game of chess to your kid?  When is the best time for them to start to learn.  The answer is now!  

Chess Made Fun recommends the following activities for these age groups:

0-1 year:

Read a chess book to them.  Your child may not understand but they will be learning the words of chess

1-2 years:  

Purchase a chess set (we recommend a silicone set) with soft but sturdy pieces.  Do not leave your child unattended with the pieces.  Use the chess set for 15 minutes per day, and let them play with the pieces.  Your child may set them on the board.  Teach your child how to say the names of the pieces.  It’s okay if your child doesn’t know which name belongs to which piece. 

2-4 years of age:

Introduce mini games from “Chess is Child’s Play”.  This book will teach any parent how to teach their child chess even if they do not know how to play.  Play these mini-games 10-15 minutes per day until your child conquers the lesson.  

5-10 years: 

Introduce the pawns game.  Once your child is winning – move on.  Introduce the knights game. Once your child is able to collect more than 50 beads – move on.  Introduce checkmate so your child will understand the object of chess. 

Be sure to check out our YouTube Channel for instructional videos on how to play these games. 

Once your child can consistently win 3 games, introduce the rest of pieces that comprise a full chess game.  The book ”Chess is Child’s Play” has awesome mini games that engage your child with a fun and easy way to win. 

Two boys playing chess laying on the floor and thinking hard

If you live in an urban area you already know chess is making a huge reemergence in the US. There are chess clubs popping up all over the US.  If you are teaching your child how to play chess visit your local chess club to find other players in the area.  The age difference will not matter because chess will give your child something to talk about.

The benefits of playing chess have been researched by top scientists all over the world. The game of chess is proven to raise Math and English scores while teaching good sportsmanship to all players.  There are many more benefits that will impress you.  If you introduce chess in the right manner your child will be having fun, and not even realize they are learning.  

Published by Mrs. White

I'm a chess enthusist that loves the game!

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