Children tend to get inspired by learning through playing board games and purchasing a chess set could be a great educational experience for them. Many people donít realize life lessons can be learned just by sitting down one day and playing that game of chess with a child and who doesnít like chess? As a child, I remember the days when my older brother and I would sit and play the game of chess for hours upon hours never seeming to grow tired of it. What I didnít realize at that time were the many things that I had learned while playing this board game.
Thinking Before Acting: Chess teaches in an almost brutal way. Chess taught me to think first before I make a move. And it taught me by punishing me again and again for failing to do it. Those lessons were painful, but less painful then learning the same thing in real life. When you choose a house or a career without enough thought, or even if you choose what to say to an irritating co-worker without enough thought, it can punish you far more than losing a queen in a chess game.
Cause and Effect: Thinking about an action and what will happen after the action is carried out. This is a perfect representation in chess that teaches an all important life skill. What will happen after I make my action? In real life we all know that actions always lead to a reaction. The same idea applies to playing a chess game.
Keeping Your Goal In Mind: In chess, the goal is getting your opponent into checkmate. As a youngster myself I remember always trying to get as many of my opponents ponds as I could. But then later found myself sitting at checkmate. Why did this happen? I lost focus about what my goal really was, to checkmate my opponent!
In life, itís equally as difficult to keep our important aims clearly in mind. The world seems to constantly take us off course and soon we forget about what our goals once were. By playing chess your child attains the ability to bring there mind back to the goal, and this teaches them an invaluable skill about reaching goals in life.
There are Certainly many more skills that children can obtain from playing a classic game such as chess. These include; making a plan but keeping your plan flexible, utilizing time wisely, protecting what you have, and much more. As you can see, Chess can be a great way for kids to incorporate learning while at play, this type of quality time between parent and child can make for the best educational experiences as well.