I love playing board games. Since I was little I played board games. I played memory, checkers, chess, Alaska, Magic the Gathering and so on and so forth. So, I figured I would do the same with my kids. We bought some of the typical kids games that are out there, such as memory, Candyland, checkers and so on. These games are awesome except for Candyland. It took me a long time to realize why Candyland is such a terrible game. It’s essentially a movie. You just sit back and watch the action unfold.
Here is the break down for Candyland. Everybody gets a little plastic gingerbread man and they move them across the board. The way that they are moved is by drawing a card with a color on it. You move your gingerbread man to the appropriate color, until you get to the candy castle. Then you win.What can stump you in this game is if you draw a card that has a piece of candy on it. This either means that you gotta move backwards or forwards to where the candy is. You could almost be at the end of the game and if you draw a cupcake, it would mean that you move to the very beginning of the game. Now this is kind of exciting and in a way it does add a chance of danger or whatever you want to call it to the game. But beyond that there is no strategy involved, there is no skill involved and in all fairness children are really not challenged by it.
I love board games but I don’t like playing Candyland. In fact, while I still own the game I never plan on playing it again. Instead there are so many other board games that you can get, that are way better and have much more skill involved. Games such as, Coconuts, Settlers of Catan Jr, Memory and even Pokemon. They also have many other qualities that are useful for developing child. Many of these games require skill and wont frustrate children when they feel like their way up ahead in the game and then get a card that drives him all the way back to the beginning. I recommend memory or Settlers of Catan Junior or almost any other game except Candyland.