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Elevate your young learner's critical thinking with our "Extra Challenge Chess Worksheets for Ages 5-6"! Designed to introduce and engage young minds in the world of chess, these worksheets offer fun, stimulating puzzles and activities that develop problem-solving skills and strategic thinking. Tailored for beginners, each worksheet walks children through chess concepts, moves, and rules, making it an educational adventure. With colorful illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, our challenging exercises are perfect for nurturing future chess enthusiasts. Enhance your child's cognitive development while enjoying one of the world's most beloved games. Start the chess journey today!


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Getting out of Check: Protection
Getting out of Check: Protection

Getting out of Check: Protection

Chess is a game of strategy and outwitting opponents. Kids love it for the challenge of one-upping their friends! This free chess strategy worksheet will help your child learn to protect their king and capture the checking piece. With this downloadable, they'll be able to practice protecting and capturing with the sample boards.
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Getting out of Check: Capture
Getting out of Check: Capture

Getting out of Check: Capture

Kids love chess because it combines strategy and the thrill of outwitting their opponents! This free chess strategy worksheet teaches kids how to protect and capture the threatening piece when their king is in danger. The downloadable includes sample boards to practice with. Get it today and have your chess whiz mastering the game in no time!
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King and Queen Mate Practice Worksheet
King and Queen Mate Practice Worksheet

King and Queen Mate Practice Worksheet

Learning chess can open up a world of strategy, problem-solving and reasoning for your child! Our free worksheet gives them the opportunity to practice checkmating with their king and queen pieces. It also helps them develop fine-motor skills, as they draw lines to show the right moves and check off the correct notation. All without screens!
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King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 2 Worksheet
King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 2 Worksheet

King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 2 Worksheet

This worksheet helps your child learn to checkmate the opposing king with their king and queen. Descriptive sample boards show the strategy, and more boards help determine which one demonstrates how the king assists the queen.
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King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 2 Worksheet
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King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 1 Worksheet
King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 1 Worksheet

King and Queen Mate Strategy: Part 1 Worksheet

This worksheet will help your young chess player strategize. They’ll learn how to checkmate the opponent’s king using just a king and a queen. Descriptive sample boards will show them the strategy and then a practice board will test their knowledge. Allowing them to plan the queen’s next move to checkmate the opposing king.
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Two Rook Mate Practice Worksheet
Two Rook Mate Practice Worksheet

Two Rook Mate Practice Worksheet

Chess is all about checkmating your opponent. This free Two Rook Mate practice worksheet is a fun way for your mini strategist to do just that. They can draw a line showing their move then pick the correct notation for the mate! A great way for them to practice fine motor skills, too.
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Two Rook Mate Strategy Worksheet
Two Rook Mate Strategy Worksheet

Two Rook Mate Strategy Worksheet

Kids who can play stress gain better reasoning, logic and critical thinking skills. This worksheet can teach kids the Two Rook Mate strategy to checkmate their opposite king. They'll discover how to close in the enemy king and protect with another rook, all the while enjoying a screen-free activity!
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Check. Checkmate or Stalemate? Worksheet
Check. Checkmate or Stalemate? Worksheet

Check. Checkmate or Stalemate? Worksheet

Chess teaches critical thinking, reasoning, and logic skills in a fun way. With this downloadable worksheet, kids can look at chess boards and decide if the sides are in check, checkmate, or stalemate. Win or lose, a stalemate can be a great outcome, and kids can learn and build skills with each move!
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Find Stalemate! Worksheet
Find Stalemate! Worksheet

Find Stalemate! Worksheet

Teach your kids Chess and give them more than a hobby - equip them with critical thinking, rationale and problem-solving skills! This free worksheet helps them understand stalemates by examining various sample boards. By providing visual discernment and the joy of the game, your child's logical skills will soar!
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Check or Checkmate: Part 2 Worksheet
Check or Checkmate: Part 2 Worksheet

Check or Checkmate: Part 2 Worksheet

Chess is a fun and competitive way for your child to practice strategic thinking, problem-solving and critical reasoning. This free PDF will help them sharpen their skills, by analyzing boards and marking ones where the king can escape check. An invaluable skill when playing on real boards.
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Check or Checkmate: Part 2 Worksheet
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Check or Checkmate: Part 1 Worksheet
Check or Checkmate: Part 1 Worksheet

Check or Checkmate: Part 1 Worksheet

Kids can learn and strengthen problem-solving and strategic thinking skills with this free chess worksheet. They'll have fun as they look at the pair of chessboards and decide which is check and which is checkmate. It's the perfect way to get them playing the game and making checkmates without even realising they're exercising their brains!
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Checkmate the King Worksheet
Checkmate the King Worksheet

Checkmate the King Worksheet

Chess is great for growing problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children, and it's even better if they have fun winning! This worksheet will help kids practice checkmating their opponent's king. They can use the sample board to draw the line of their winning move. Who doesn't love being a winner?!
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What is Checkmate? Worksheet
What is Checkmate? Worksheet

What is Checkmate? Worksheet

This downloadable PDF worksheet lets your child practice identifying when a king is checkmated and how it looks on a chessboard. Checkmate is the best move and with this colorful worksheet, they'll learn that it means their opponent's king is in check and cannot be saved, so they can win!
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Notation of Checkmate Worksheet
Notation of Checkmate Worksheet

Notation of Checkmate Worksheet

Checkmate is the thrilling, ultimate move in chess! Teach your child to make it and notate it properly with this free worksheet. They'll love being able to capture the king and it's great for brain-building too! Have them look at the sample boards and place a # sign after the checkmate move for notation.
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Run, Protect or Capture Worksheet
Run, Protect or Capture Worksheet

Run, Protect or Capture Worksheet

When kids play chess, they're not only striving to win - they're sharpening their critical thinking and problem-solving prowess. With this free PDF worksheet, they learn how to protect their king from check, whether it's running away, shielding it or capturing the checking piece. Sample boards offer them the chance to practice.
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Getting out of Check: Run Away Worksheet
Getting out of Check: Run Away Worksheet

Getting out of Check: Run Away Worksheet

Playing chess boosts your children's brainpower and this worksheet helps them out of sticky situations. It teaches them how to flee with their king to avoid checkmate, as well as how to initiate their own strategic moves on the board. Get your kids on the road to success with this helpful PDF.
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Which King is in Check? Worksheet
Which King is in Check? Worksheet

Which King is in Check? Worksheet

Teaching your children chess helps them solve problems, think critically, and develop logical patterns. With this free PDF, they'll analyze five boards to decide if the black or white king is in check. Tracing the lines, they'll improve their skills while having fun.
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Notation of Check Worksheet
Notation of Check Worksheet

Notation of Check Worksheet

Chess is an addictive game! Once you know the basics of check and checkmate, you'll be hooked! Teach your little one to make check notation with this free PDF worksheet. They can use downloadable practice to look at each picture and mark the correct notation, strengthening their problem-solving skills while they learn to play - and win - this fun game!
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What is Check? Worksheet
What is Check? Worksheet

What is Check? Worksheet

Check is an important move in chess where the opposing king is under attack. With this free PDF worksheet, kids can learn to make and identify check, and exercise their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They'll look at each picture and identify which piece can check the king. Playing with check helps kids learn to play to win.
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Short Notation Quest Worksheet
Short Notation Quest Worksheet

Short Notation Quest Worksheet

Teach your kids chess notation with this worksheet. They can look at the picture, figure out the move or capture for each piece, and practice writing it down in short notation. It’s not just about playing skillfully; chess players must also know how to record their moves. Improve your kids' knowledge and enhance their chess skills!
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Short Notation of Moves Worksheet
Short Notation of Moves Worksheet

Short Notation of Moves Worksheet

To master chess, you need more than just knowing the pieces and their moves - you need to be able to make notations of your moves. To make a short notation, write the piece name and square it moved to; for example, Bd2 for bishop on d2. Pawns don't need the piece name, just the square; e.g. g5. Show your kids how to draw lines to the board for the moves given.
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Short Notation of Captures Worksheet
Short Notation of Captures Worksheet

Short Notation of Captures Worksheet

Help your students learn chess notation for captures. Short notation: name piece, cross, name square (e.g. Rxd4 = rook moves to d4 and captures). If pawn, also write the file it starts from (e.g. fxg7 = pawn from file 7 moves to g7 and captures). Use the worksheet to check correct notations on the board.
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Chess Facts Bingo Worksheet
Chess Facts Bingo Worksheet

Chess Facts Bingo Worksheet

Help your child assess their knowledge of chess with our simple worksheet. It contains six questions; read them to your child and ask them if the statements are true or false. Once they check the boxes for the true statements, you'll have a better understanding of their understanding of the game.
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Castling No - no's: Part 2 Worksheet
Castling No - no's: Part 2 Worksheet

Castling No - no's: Part 2 Worksheet

Teach your child the rules of castling: no castling if the king is under attack or will move onto an attacked square, or cross an attack line. To prepare for a game of chess, help your child complete the exercise of identifying when the king can castle – check the pictures.
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Extra Challenge Chess for ages 5-6 is an excellent tool for early brain development and offers numerous benefits for young children. At this fascinating stage of cognitive growth, young minds are highly receptive and malleable. Chess introduces them to important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategic planning. Each move on the chessboard requires the child to focus, consider various outcomes, and make decisions—skills that are transferable to many areas of life.

Parents and teachers will appreciate how chess nurtures patience and persistence. The game encourages children to think ahead and understand the consequences of their actions. It promotes disciplined thinking, as developing strategies often means planning several steps in advance. Moreover, chess helps enhance memory and cognitive flexibility, which can improve performance in academic settings like math and language arts.

Engaging young children in chess also bolsters their social skills. Playing chess either with a peer or an adult provides opportunities for meaningful interaction, teaching kids about following rules, turn-taking, and good sportsmanship.

Chess also brings balance to the increasing barrage of screen time, offering a hands-on, interactive alternative that actively engages a child's mind in a positive manner. In short, Extra Challenge Chess for ages 5-6 is a profound investment in a child's intellectual and emotional development, offering lifelong benefits.