Chess can seem like a very complicated strategy game that is only for those with genius I.Q.s. I remember all the nerdy kids in school that were part of chess clubs. Now it seems like many young kids are playing chess, beating their parents and having a great time with it. If you have been wanting your kids to learn chess you will enjoy these free resources to teach your kids how to play chess.
Why should your kids learn how to play chess?
There are some amazing benefits for your children’s brains when they learn how to play chess. Did you know that chess actually uses both parts of your brain while playing? You use your left and your right brain at the same time to accomplish a game of chess. Playing chess improves the memory, creates good critical thinking and problem solving skills, and helps with poor attention span.
I think this is where the stigma of brainiac genius kids playing chess come from. Playing chess can train your brain and it really does help your kids be smarter!
If those all seem like skills you want to better develop in your children, then what better way then by teaching them how to play this classic game? If you are like me, you have never played, or have been intimidated by it growing up.
Thankfully, with the internet, and also books, you can learn how to play chess along side your children. This will make for some great memories with your kids and you will have fun doing it. You may be surprised at how fast your kids pick it up and they may even beat you at a few games!
FREE Resources to Teach Your Kids How to Play Chess:
Printables and Tutorials:
Websites on how to teach chess:
Chess Kid is the #1 place for kids to learn and play chess. This is a membership site, but there are some free lessons and very helpful videos as well when you set up a free account.
The Chess Website is your one stop shop for all things related to chess. Learn to play with practice games, lessons and more.
The United States Chess Federation – this is the official organization for chess players and chess supporters in the United States. Learn about national events, tournaments and how to become a member.
Chess Kids Academy – teach your kids how to play chess with a free online chess course, games and lessons.
Books to help your kids learn to play chess:
|The Batsford Book of Chess for Children
||Checkmate!: My First Chess Book
||Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning
Power Chess for Kids: Learn How to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players in Your School
Beginning Chess Games for Kids:
|Chess Teacher: Learning Set for the Beginner
||Family Classics Chess
||Winning Moves: No Stress Chess
||The Kids’ Book of Chess and Chess Set
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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