It has begun...
Our local school system is finishing their first week back in school and now our Fall programs have begun! First up, my lower school age (K-2nd) Life Size CandyLand program.
This is a very simple and easy program to plan. The most prep goes into making the actual game board.
I had around 60 spaces, including the special spaces that had pictures of
candy on them. I left out the licorice spaces that would make someone lose a turn in the actual game. I didn't want our young ones to feel like they were standing out in a bad way. We did keep the rule that if a player landed on a special space that player had already passed that then they had to go backwards. Only one child incurred this fate though, and she ended up finishing ahead of a few others.
Below are a few pictures of my setup.
Our program rooms aren't the largest so I made the game board to fit the room. If you have a larger room or space you can absolutely make the game longer. In the background you can see our Candy Castle. As you may already know the entire objective of CandyLand is to reach the glorious castle made of candy.
I started out my program by asking who did NOT know how to play the game. Nobody raised their hand. I took this as a good sign but decided to go through it once before we started. I picked the cards from the bowls and asked what the different ones meant. I quizzed them on the use of the shortcuts and told them we were just there to have fun and that everyone wins at Ms. Allison's programs.
I also assigned everyone numbers (we had 18 kids). Our TAB group tested the game out earlier in the week and the takeaway was that it was hard to remember whose turn it was since they were not sitting around an actual game board. In fact, if you haven't caught on to the obvious, the children are the game pieces!
To solve this problem. I gave each of the kids a star with a number so we would all know who's turn it is.
For each turn I had the kids close their eyes and draw a card out of one bowl, the discard it in another bowl that I was carrying around. This way we could recycle the cards just like one would do sitting around a table during game play. We did have a "winner" (the kid who finished first), but we continued to play until all the kids "won" which was achieved by reaching Candy Castle. I loved how each kid was super excited to reach the end. Our parents who were watching were absolutely fantastic. They cheered for each kid who completed the game and some even took pictures in front of the castle.
All in all this is a very simple and cheap program that the kids had a blast at.
And of course I had goody bags for prizes. They each got a bag with a giant lollipop and various candy as their reward for winning the game and being good sports!
Below are a few other photos of the program setup. I hope you enjoyed my version of this life size game program.