The National Parenting Center


Spring 2020

Story Time Chess

Story Time Chess is not a new variation of the timeless, classic game; what it is, is a complete chess course! The game offers a level of education about the game of chess that few of our parent testers had seen before. Every aspect of this new product is so well thought out. Each piece is well-produced; the cardboard characters that attach to the main game pieces are thick and not easily bent. The pawns are a sturdy plastic material that feel nice in your hands. These chess pieces and all of their moves are introduced as bold characters through imaginative storytelling, in a smart, creative, and original way. The stories are just the right length as well as fun and engaging. We found that even the youngest players remained captivated and wanted to hear more. You will all play several times until it becomes more and more familiar with the story playing in the back of each player’s mind as they make their moves. Once everyone becomes confident at playing chess, you can just flip the board over and play the real deal. Parents are always delighted to find a game (or toy) that fits back in its box as quickly, neatly, and efficiently as Story Time Chess does. This is a different from the traditional introduction to chess for sure, but it is one that does it so very well.

Recommended Age: 3 and Up
Price: $ 49.99

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