Parents can make their own Candy Land board game for small children. It is an easy game for children and helps them increase their color recognition and naming skills. The game may also help children count squares. It can be modified to any theme and any candy. If a child has a favorite TV character, incorporate that character into the game as an added theme. Encourage children to learn how to be gracious winners, while also learning that it's okay to lose at board games.
Cut the colored sheets of construction paper into squares. Make 22 squares of each color except for the pink. Cut 6 small squares from the pink paper.
Make a path with the squares of color starting with red, purple, yellow, blue, orange and green. Start the sequence over again. There should be 6 pink squares interspersed along the path. Glue the squares to the cardboard or poster board.
Create 5 or 6 different candy realms for the board. Use ideas from the actual game including Lollipop Woods or Gumdrop Mountain, or make up your own lands like Pop Rocks Falls or Chocolate Mountain. Use pictures from magazines or draw them on the board.
Add one small rainbow between two portions of the path to make a shortcut for a lucky player. Make the rainbow path near the beginning of the path.
Create a deck of cards with construction paper. The color card tells the player which color square to head to next. Also make a card for each candy realm you created. When a player picks that card, they can go directly to that realm.
Cover the board with clear laminate to protect it. Use any game pieces to play the game with children.
Things You'll Need
- White poster board or large cardboard
- One sheet each red, purple, yellow, blue, green, orange and pink construction paper
- Pictures or drawings of favorite candies and treats
- Clear laminate
The pink squares will be used to make special stops on the board. Modify the game for children who are learning to count, by adding numbers to the colored square playing cards.
This game can grow tiresome for adults.
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