Candy Land is a popular children's board game that was put on the market by Milton Bradley in 1949. Since then, its popularity has not waned, making it a cute and sweet theme for a children's party. Use key elements of the board game to create party games that will fit in with the party theme and entertain the children. Additionally, classic party games such as Hot Potato or Pin the Tail on the Donkey can be adapted to the Candy Land theme by incorporating candy related items into the game play.
Candy Land Bingo
Create your own bingo game based on the Candy Land game. Use a word processing program to create a table that is five rows wide and six rows long (boards can be made smaller for very young children.) Replace the word "BINGO" with "CANDY" in the top boxes. Use images of 25 different candies to fill in the remaining boxes on the bingo board, alternating the locations of the candy images on each board so that no two boards are alike. Print bingo boards on pastel colored paper. Take one printed card and cut out the candy images to use for calling. Give the children each a board and enough small candies to use to mark the board as the game is called.
Life Size Candy Land
Create a life size Candy Land board in your party space. Use colored sheets of construction paper and make a trail through the party area, replicating the game board color pattern of red, yellow, blue, purple, orange and green. Be sure to include some "pitfalls" by marking some of the spaces with a large black circle. At a pitfall the player skips his next turn. Use index cards to make a large size deck of cards the players will draw from to see how many spaces they move. Cards should have one or two colored squares to indicate how many spaces the player moves, just like in the board game. There should also be a few shortcut cards to move players to designated spaces such as Candy Cane Forest and Gum Drop Mountain and there should be special squares for these spaces as well. The first child to the finish line wins. If playing with a large group of children, consider setting up teams of two or three rather than playing as individuals.
Use the characters from the game to play a matching game. Start by printing images of each of the characters you want to use for the game. Next you will need to hide candy associated with that character in your party area. For instance, for the gingerbread people you can use gingerbread cookies, lollipops for Lolly and licorice for Lord Licorice. You should have six characters to play with and enough pieces of each character's candy for each player. Have the children sit in a designated spot. Show them the first character picture and have them search for the candy that represents that character. When they find a candy, they return to the starting point and sit down. If they are wrong, they can look again for the right candy. Once all the children have found the right candy, they repeat the process for the next character.
Candy Relay Races
Divide the children into two or three teams and line them up. Have a bowl of mini marshmallows and/or gumdrops at the start line. Give the first child in each line a spoon and on "go" he puts a candy on the spoon and races to the end line where he deposits the candy into an ice cream cone then returns to the team and hands over the spoon to the next child in line. Play continues until the first team has filled their ice cream cone with candy.
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