Londji’s elegant black and white chess set, made from recycled cardboard and paper, is really two activities in one. The Noir & Blanc set comes unassembled for easier storage and shipping, so kids can first pop out the pieces and click them together, perhaps while formulating their strategy for taking mom or dad’s queen. Having this sophisticated-looking and minimalist set out on display at all times will inspire little chess masters as well as mini designers who can appreciate the stark aesthetic. At an unfussy price, we can imagine packing the board and pieces on family trips — all you’ll need is a table or some space on the floor for an activity that is brainpower-boosting and fun.

+ Recycled cardboard and paper chess set $21.00

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