31 Games - Candyland

Is your 3-year-old the youngest of the family, or are all the kids your child plays with close to that same age?  If so, then you know how difficult it can be to find ways for them to all be involved in the fun and games - so many choices are just too advanced for this age.

But now, you'll have a list of 31 unique games that even a 3-year-old can join in with.  A few of these ideas will be best for the preschool set, but most will work for a wide range of ages!

Click on over here to see the full list, but read on for this great game idea!

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Was this your first board game?  I'm pretty sure it was mine and it was Gv's, as well - we gave it to her for Christmas last year!

Super-simple to play, if your child can count to two and can tell blue from yellow, then he or she can do this game.

It's the perfect introduction for skills like moving around a board, taking turns, and drawing & replacing cards from a pile - plus, the board is covered with colorful candy!

What could be more fun that candy, right?

I will point out, however, that the current, updated version of the board is not as easy to navigate as the original.  I'd read about this when ordering Gv's game last year, but at the time, could only find people selling their originals on eBay for close to a bazillion dollars and that just wasn't going to fly for us.

However, I have just noticed that Amazon is selling a 65th anniversary edition for only a couple of dollars more than the updated one, and I totally suggest paying a bit more for this one!

Besides having a cleaner, less chaotic background, this special edition has the original color squares, which are much more obvious to travel around than the more modern game.

Whichever version you choose, this game will be sure to delight your budding board-gamers!



Players:  2-4

Ages:  3 +

Place:  somewhere you can set the game board up easily

How to play:  Since this is a board game, the directions are included on the box, but it's a basic race-to-the-finish game where each player is trying to get his or her gingerbread man to the castle first.

When it's your turn, you draw a card displaying either one or two squares of a particular color and then you move your piece "that many" color squares.

There are a couple of surprises along the way (special cards taking you to specific spots on the board or shortcuts), but overall, it's a fairly quick and easy game to play.

Have you introduced your child to this classic yet?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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