The Chess Teacher helps beginners learn the ancient game with crib notes inscribed on the back of each piece, showing how they're allowed to move. This might be an excellent aid in teaching your young apprentice the art and logic of chess. The $18 set includes a chess board and instruction booklet in case all those little markings on the back aren't enough.
Perhaps this beats learning on a computer, which can certainly get a bit annoying with those grating error noises cropping up every time you try to make an illegal move. Or, what about this: you could just memorize the way the chess pieces move. We're thinking that if you're not able commit their movement patterns to memory, you may not be a very good candidate for chess, anyway.