A really effective method of teaching your kids, and yourself, the essentials of life is through playing board games. Chess is an enjoyable, convenient way of learning and improving social skills and mental abilities, it’s a game that’s been recommended for children above 6 for its educational value and has been proven to develop mathematical and reading proficiency, eye coordination and even enable people to focus and express themselves more freely.
There are 2 ways you can buy chess sets, either acquire the board and pieces separately, or buy them together as a package. There are so many kinds of sets out there that you really need some kind of idea what it is you want with regards to size, budget, weight if it’s for travel purposes, and decoration.
Here are some ideas as to what options you have when looking for that perfect chess board for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.
Travel Chess Sets are handy for trips abroad whether they are for holidays or business trips as they are light and are designed to fold up and be packed away. Some travel boards are magnetic so the game can be played in a moving car or aeroplane. The cases can be secured safely and are fitted out so each piece is positioned in its own space by foam and flocked cutouts.
Themed chess sets can be fun and there are all sorts available. As the game involves a fight between opponents, a lot of the ideas for themed sets include armies and knights and famous historical clash’s that have occurred over the centuries. Also popular are myths and legends, novels and films and anything else that can be sorted into goodies and the baddies. Check out the Battle of Waterloo Chess Set in Briarwood complete with a miniature Napoleon and intricate carved details, a great way for kids to learn about their countries history too!
The Lord of the Rings set is amazing where the characters are based on the second film of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. Amongst the white pieces you’ll recognize the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Frodo and Samwise, Gimli, Aragon and some of the Hobbits, whilst opposing them in black are the sinister and wicked characters of Saruman, Ringwraithes, and Lurtz, in addition to a range of orcs.
The tale of Robin Hood and the Nottingham forest of Sherwood is always a favourite with children and adults alike, and the chess sets popular too with their detailed characters of Friar Tuck, Robin Hood, and Little John all painted in bright greens and reds. Wooden backgammon sets are guaranteed to last for years and particularly sturdy if you have young children who like to play.
When most of us think about playing chess we associate it as being inside in the quiet, but why should this be? With summer fast approaching a garden chess set is heaps of fun as they’re designed to be durable, so the adults will enjoy playing and the kids will love the huge chess piece sizes of the figures and brightly checked squares. This is a great way to get people interested in learning how to play and they are made from materials that are waterproof and strong. Get some sun on your face this year whilst still enjoying a game of playing chess.
With all the sophisticated technology around these days, mobile phones, iPads, and video games it can be difficult to actually have any human interaction, particularly with your kids! This is where board games can save the day, buy a couple this weekend and challenge your youngsters and see what fun you have.