Recommended for ages 3 years to adult 2 to 4 players Play time: 20 minutes
Read a story, Learn chess!
Story Time Chess™ is a board game that teaches chess to young children using silly stories, vibrant illustrations, custom chess pieces and a unique chess board. The stories and supporting materials communicate the rules of chess to children ages 3 and up in a way that makes learning chess simple and fun. Best of all, no chess experience is required for parents or children to learn.
Story Time Chess includes:
Beautifully designed storybook — Stories are an incredibly powerful educational tool. Children have an astounding ability to retain stories down to the last detail. Telling a child an abstract rule may only confuse them because they have nothing to connect with. Instead of telling children what something is, Story Time Chess is perfect for showing the rules of chess – through stories.
Exercises for each piece — Each chess piece has its own story and exercises that explain how the piece moves in a fun, silly, memorable way.
Matching pieces and board — The board has characters that match the pieces, making board setup easy!
Engaging mini games that reinforce mechanics — Over 30 mini games are included that teach children the rules of chess effectively, including a card game that encourages children to use every chess piece.
Custom chess pieces — With custom chess pieces, the children are able to connect the stories to the pieces more easily. By visually seeing the characters and physically touching the pieces, children are able to learn chess without realizing it. Each piece is designed to hold the character from their story in order to communicate the rules of chess effectively–and have fun!
Double-sided chessboard — The double-sided chess board and custom chess pieces are made from high-quality, child-friendly materials and are regulation size for tournament play. Players can either use the story-themed side with all of our characters, or the standard chess side for regular chess.
- Story Time Chess™ is the ultimate game to teach your child chess (as young as age 3).
- Story Time Chess™ centers around custom chess pieces and a beautifully crafted storybook, drawn by the award-winning former Disney illustrator Ryan Terry. Each chess piece has a unique story and purpose and a quirky character that becomes a part of the game. Learn about King Chomper and how he moves about his kingdom. See how Queen Bella rules her subjects and makes friends with the other characters. Children learn the concepts of chess in a fun way!
- Custom chess pieces and chess board are also dual-sided, meaning they can also be used for regular chess or tournament play. As your child grows and learns the concepts of chess through Story Time Chess™ you will be able to allow regulation play at their current level.
- Story Time Chess™ includes over 30 mini games that enhance the journey as your child learns the various moves and strategies of chess, and they are all designed in a fun an engaging way. Learn how King Chomper moves the way he does, the places he can go, and the fun he can have there. There is also an included card game that explains the use of every piece and how they all contribute to the strategy of how to win at chess.
- Story Time Chess™ is the most awarded children’s chess game in history: People's Choice Toy of the Year (TOTY®), ASTRA Best Toys for Kids – Games, WEBBY Best for Family & Kids, American Business Awards – Stevie Winner-Gold, Creative Child Game of the Year, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Tillywig Brain Child Award, Parents' Choice® Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, PAL Top Ten Award (Play on Words), Hot Diggity Awards and The Toy Insider.
- Development of Story Time Chess™ began on Kickstarter where it was fully funded in under 12 hours!
- Story Time Chess™ has proven to help children excel by:
- Strengthening academic performance
- Improving retained test scores
- Enhancing arithmetical skills
- Honing verbal skills
- Sharpening critical thinking
- Boosting emotional intelligence
- Box includes: 87-page, fully illustrated storybook and instructions; 32 custom chess pieces and character cutouts; 30 mini game tokens; 2 lux cloth storage bags for Team Chomper and Team Shaky chess pieces; and 1 double-sided, regulation-size chess board.