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Chess is one of the world's great board games. It was invented in Asia around 1500 years ago. Chess involves many different critical thinking skills, but some children have an instinct for it.
If you have never played chess before, the link www.chess.com gives clear instructions about how to play. You can teach your child or look at the rules together.
ChessKid is a free website, but you need to register - an email is optional. With ChessKid your child can play against the computer or against another child. The website offers lessons, videos and daily puzzles. You can play a fast game or a slow game over several days. Be around to make sure your child is playing safely on the internet and in case they need your help.
If you want to read more, have a look at this article that describes the 8 critical thinking skills that chess develops. (We are not suggesting the chess camp, just the article.)
Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.
Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.
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