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Teach Preschoolers Chess

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Children Need Chess

Parents want to do everything possible to get their children ahead. Chess is a game that has been proven to be beneficial for people of all ages. Learning chess leads to increased test scores, stronger critical thinking skills, an ability to plan ahead, improved executive functions, and so much more.

When learning chess, the younger you start, the more beneficial it is. However, chess has rarely been accessible to children under the age of 7. For young children, Story Time Chess is like a set of training wheels for a bicycle. Parents can get their children ahead by experiencing the full potential and impact chess can have by introducing it to their children at the youngest ages possible.

Meet Story Time Chess

Story Time Chess is a board game that teaches chess to young children using silly stories, vibrant illustrations, custom chess pieces, a unique chess board, and an engaging card game. 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 Illustrated Storybook

 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.

Double Sided Chessboard

Our 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.

Custom Chess Pieces

With our 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!

Engaging Minigames That Reinforce Mechanics

We've developed over 30 minigames that teach children the rules of chess effectively, including a card game that encourages children to use every chess piece.

Everyone Loves Story Time Chess!

Educators Endorse It.

 Parents Praise It.

Children Are Crazy For It.

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Why are stories perfect for teaching chess?

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.

King Shaky, moving one scared step at a time
King Shaky, moving one scared step at a time

Our stories draw children into a fantastical, fun world that allows them to figure out the mechanics of chess alongside a cast of amazing, iconic characters. By using Story Time Chess, children can answer their own questions or be open to the answer that is given because the story explains how this answer came about.

That’s why stories are the heart of Story Time Chess. Stories funnel all of the ‘why’ questions that children are so quick to ask into fun reasons behind the principles of basic chess strategy.

You Can Donate Story Time Chess To An Orphan In Armenia

We're proud to announce our partnership with the Armenian Relief Mission to provide chess sets to children in Armenia. A part of our goal is to share Story Time Chess and the benefits it has for not only our backers, but with those who are less fortunate.

The Armenian Relief Mission is an organization that works with orphans and those in need in Armenia. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we're giving backers an opportunity to share this game with Armenian children. 

When you pledge for copies of Story Time Chess, you can donate any of those copies to the Armenian Relief Mission. It's the perfect opportunity to share the gift of chess with children that can really benefit from it.

Who's Behind Story Time Chess?

Story Time Chess was created by Chess at Three, an early education chess company that has taught chess to thousands of students across the country. Over the last twelve years, we have refined and distilled our stories through countless lessons to the point where we can offer them in a easy to digest format to families around the world.

Story Time Chess is illustrated by Ryan Terry, an award winning children's media expert, having directly worked on leading apps and projects over the last two decades.

We're working with Ryan to create an EXCLUSIVE reward to draw families in the Story Time Chess art style. It's the perfect opportunity for a family portrait drawn by a former Disney art director!

Stretch Goals!

Risks and challenges

We've been involved in multiple Kickstarter projects and product launches in the past, and have brought all our learnings and experience to this project to make the best possible product. We've put in the work upfront to make this a smooth, seamless launch from the start of this campaign until the day your package arrives on your doorstep.

If problems arise during the campaign, such as manufacturing delays or shipping issues, we will be sure to communicate with you in a timely and informative way.

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    Two Stories From The Game

    Learn about two chess pieces! A digital copy of two of the stories in the Story Time Chess game–the King Chomper (white king) and King Shaky (black king) stories. Each story includes illustrations of the character and describes how it moves.

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    All Stories From The Game

    Learn about all the chess pieces! A digital copy of all the stories in the Story Time Chess game. Each story includes illustrations of a character and describes how it moves.

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    One Copy of Story Time Chess Game!

    Everything you need to play chess! One copy of the Story Time Chess board game, mailed to your door! Includes everything you need to learn chess:

    -Double sided chess board: Story side board and Standard side board
    -Custom chess pieces
    -Character Cutouts that fit into custom chess pieces
    -Crown card minigame
    -Crown tokens for chess exercises/Crown card minigame
    -Story Time Chess storybook
    -Standard Chess rulebook

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    TWO Copies of Story Time Chess Game!

    TWO copies of the Story Time Chess board game, mailed to your door! Share Story Time Chess with a friend or your school! Each game includes:

    -Double sided chess board: Story side board and Standard side board
    -Custom chess pieces
    -Character Cutouts that fit into custom chess pieces
    -Crown card minigame
    -Crown tokens for chess exercises/Crown card minigame
    -Story Time Chess storybook
    -Standard Chess rulebook

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    FOUR Copies of Story Time Chess Game!

    FOUR copies of the Story Time Chess board game, mailed to your door! Perfect to share with your school and friends! Each game includes:

    -Double sided chess board: Story side board and Standard side board
    -Custom chess pieces
    -Character Cutouts that fit into custom chess pieces
    -Crown card minigame
    -Crown tokens for chess exercises/Crown card minigame
    -Story Time Chess storybook
    -Standard Chess rulebook

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    Make Your Family Into Characters!

    Become your own custom characters in the game! Have your family drawn in the art style of Story Time Chess! (Example shown at bottom of the page).

    We will have Ryan, a former Disney Art Director, transform you, your significant other, and your children into characters from the Story Time Chess world. We will send you a physical and digital family portrait, AND Character Cutouts of each family member that you can use on the chess board. Also includes one copy of the Story Time Chess game. Enter the world of Story Time Chess! This pledge includes:

    -1 Physical family portrait
    -1 Digital copy family portrait
    -1 Set of custom character cut outs that fit into chess pieces
    -Double sided chess board: Story side board and Standard side board
    -Custom chess pieces
    -Character Cutouts that fit into custom chess pieces
    -Crown card minigame
    -Crown tokens for chess exercises/Crown card minigame
    -Story Time Chess storybook
    -Standard Chess rulebook

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    • Story Time Chess Board Game
    • Physical & Digital Family Portrait
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    The Grandmaster!

    Everything in the "Make Your Family Into Characters" Tier!

    Plus, one of the creators of Story Time Chess will come to your home and personally show you how to use Story Time Chess as effectively as possible. We will provide detailed instruction to make sure your family not only learns chess, but learns to LOVE chess.

    We'll also take you out to dinner to talk about our company, our journey, our office dog Dusty, or anything else you'd like to know about us. Food on us! Also, your copy of the Story Time Chess game will be signed by the creators.

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    -1 Physical family portrait
    -1 Digital copy family portrait
    -1 Set of custom character cut outs that fit into chess pieces
    -Double sided chess board: Story side board and Standard side board
    -Custom chess pieces
    -Character Cutouts that fit into custom chess pieces
    -Crown card minigame
    -Crown tokens for chess exercises/Crown card minigame
    -Story Time Chess storybook
    -Standard Chess rulebook

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    • Story Time Chess In Home Chess Lesson From Creators
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    Early Bird–One Story Time Chess Game!

    ***Save $7 on the retail price of Story Time Chess!***

    Everything you need to play chess! One copy of the Story Time Chess board game, mailed to your door! Includes everything you need to learn chess:

    -Double sided chess board: Story side board and Standard side board
    -Custom chess pieces
    -Character Cutouts that fit into custom chess pieces
    -Crown card minigame
    -Crown tokens for chess exercises/Crown card minigame
    -Story Time Chess storybook
    -Standard Chess rulebook

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