Teaching Chess to young children may seem intimidating if you’re not familiar with or comfortable with your own skill level. Here’s the reality: you don’t have to be a Chess guru to introduce your little Chessmaster-in-training to the concept of Chess.

The “I Can Match My Chess Pieces” learning mat introduces children to the game pieces and their “powers” at their own pace.

Your little learner will have fun identifying and matching the Chess pieces with this printable DIY “I Can Match Shapes” learning mat. Laminate, cut, and place hook and loop dots, and your learning mat is ready to go! Frame and use it as a reference guide during gameplay!

No time to DIY? A ready-to-use version is available for purchase here.


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The reusable “I Can Match My Chess Pieces” learning mat uses a hands-on approach to help your child recognize Chess pieces and learn how they move in the game. Your learning mat comes with a thorough Grownup Guide to present the learning mat at your child’s pace.

An approach to teaching young children Chess moves is by telling engaging stories they can relate to and making them memorable. Sample stories are included in the Parent Guide!

Recognizing that each piece has its own distinct form is a precursor to number and letter recognition, among many other pre-academic skills. This is why it’s possible to teach very young children the game of Chess!


The “I Can Match My Chess Pieces” Learning Mat will help your little learner to:

  • Learn the chess pieces using visual discrimination by matching each piece with its shadow.
  • Master Chess pieces identification and their moves through repeated play and boost confidence.
  • Build connections between Chess pieces and chess moves diagrams from your learning mat to an actual Chessboard and the pieces.
  • Engage their senses as they explore the texture of Velcro, match the move diagrams to corresponding Chess pieces, and creative stories to teach your child Chess moves (included in the Parent Guide).

Additional information





  • Includes one learning mat to practice matching Chess pieces, a set of 6 Chess piece cards, and a set of 6 Chess moves diagram cards.
  • Built-in reusable incentive chart on the back side of your learning mat for positive reinforcement. Use your own stickers or dry-erase marker to reward your child for practicing shapes!
  • Parent Guide included walking you through how to get started with the learning mats and additional learning resources.
  • Beautiful illustrations and design make it frame-worthy!
  • Take your mat everywhere by laminating your mat and cards.
  • The standard 11″ x 8.5″ size makes it easy to store in sheet protectors or as a wonderful addition to your learning binders.


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