Friday, February 12, 2016

Games - Hugh's Photo Challenge (Week 12)

Three important life lessons learned from Candy Land

Sometimes you have to think outside the box.  You have five players, but only four gingerbread men pawns?  Improvise!  (Hence the Toy Story Alien...)  

Sometimes you just have to play the cards you are dealt.  Let's face it, there's not a lot of strategy or skill involved in playing Candy Land.  Whoever wins does so out of pure luck.  If luck isn't on your side that day, all you can do is play the cards you receive and do the best you can.

Anything can happen.  Once a kid passes the Ice Cream Sea en route to the Candy Castle, everyone starts thinking that the game is over.  More often than not, that kid will draw the plum or candy cane card and will have to go back almost to the beginning.  Other times, kids who are trailing behind and think they have no shot at winning will draw the snowflake card and suddenly find themselves in the lead.  Candy Land, with its wild unpredictability, is a lot like life.

Any other important life lessons that you have learned from Candy Land?  Feel free to comment below.

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  1. I've never heard of this game before, but it sounds great fun. Almost a little like 'Snakes & Ladders', but without the cards.
    Thanks for joining in the fun again, Ericka.

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    1. Children's game, typically for 2-4 players (I make exceptions to this rule and use additional pawns), typically for kids ages 3-6. Iconic American child game. Was first published in 1949. I played it as a kid. The version I use at work is probably 15 years old. Throughout online pictures, it looks as though the game got a facelift since them b/c the board looks different. It's great for kids, especially non-readers, b/c no reading or decision making is required - just follow the directions on the card.


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