It seems that board games and puzzles go in cycles as they gain favour with kids and are all they want to play and talk about.
Chess is really big with the students I work with at the moment. The problem solving and lateral thinking skills required (not to mention the interpersonal skills and patience required) are amazing!
Students need to show persistence to learn the rules and how the peices move, as well as develop basic strategies to allow the game to progress.
Reources to teach students how to play Chess can be found at:
This page has links to:
- Learn How to set up the pieces and board - You have to start somewhere!
- Knight's Tour - Learn how the Knight moves by trying to solve this puzzle
- Monster Chess - Practice how the pieces move by gobbling up enemy pieces
- EzChess - Play our beginner's level chess computer
Below are some online Chess games with varying levels of difficulty...
But for my liking - you can't beat the real thing.. sitting with a board and the peices in front of you and playing with another person is great!
If you have any favourite board games that you would like to share, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org