Teaching Chess To A Child

Teaching Chess To A Child

When my daughter was 18 months old, she and I would set up a chessboard and just randomly put the pieces on the board. The concept was to teach her how to take turns. So we'd sit on either side of the chessboard and pick up a piece and move it. Then it would be her turn to pick up a piece and move it, etc.

The reason I chose chess was because it happens to be a hobby of mine. The whole idea at the beginning was to teach her how to take turns. Then we took off all other pieces and we put one piece on the board. Because it was one piece, we had a name for it and it was called the knight. We would have small little games. Then we moved onto the bishop.

This was a fun activity and she was just learning steps along the way. This helped her learn motor skills, counting, and special relationships. All the different skills in a regular preschool situation that teachers would have used different opportunities to teach the student, I simply used chess for that opportunity.

She still enjoys playing, and her team just took 3rd place in the Minnesota State Chess Championship.