It’s good to know some of the classics are still doing well. The Candyland board game is just such a classic.
A childhood favorite for many of us was winning a game of Candyland. Who among us doesn’t remember the excitement of getting moved forward to the Candy Cane Forest or the frustration of getting stuck on a licorice spot for a few turns while our friends raced ahead.
Candy Land is probably the first board game most of us ever played. This timeless classic from Hasbro celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009. It was the first board game developed especially for younger children who couldn’t yet read. The game is still thriving and is a hot holiday gift again this year.
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Players can also land on a licorice space that causes them to lose one turn. In the older versions of the game, this was a colored square space with a black dot, The player unfortunate enough to land on this space couldn’t move until he or she drew a card that contained the same color as the space with the black dot.
There are also six cards that contain pictures of places on the board, like the Gum Drop Mountains or the Candy Cane Forest. If a player draws one of these cards, they are moved immediately to the square on the board where that particular place is located, no matter if it’s forwards or backwards. So, sometimes it’s a good thing to visit Lollipop Woods and sometimes it’s not!
One reason very young children enjoy the game is that no reading is required to play. Matching colors and images is the only skill they need to develop. Another thing that makes it fun for kids is that they have just as much chance of winning as everybody else that’s playing. No more constant losing to older siblings or mom and dad!
While many adults may have grown up with only one version of the Candyland board game, that’s no longer the case. Candyland has been released in several special editions, as well. This means that you can now play the Winnie the Pooh version of Candyland, the Dora the Explorer version, or even the SpongeBob SquarePants version!
What it said on the box still holds true. Candyland is still a sweet little game for sweet little folks.