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1/6/12 6:44 P

We would usually give them the very basics of the game (like you have to spin this or roll this and you move this way) then every time its their turn we then explain what they have to do. After playing for a bit we then would start asking them questions like so you got the green square so where do you go. Our kids are 6 and 8 and thats still how we do it (except when we tell them the basics of the game we sometimes give them more info now),

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1/2/12 9:18 P

I just played Candyland with my daughter for the first time today. She will be 3 in April. She really enjoyed playing, and she caught on pretty fast! I just explained it as we went --- she already knows her colors, so that helped, and I had her find the colors on the path. She did great, and she won! :)

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12/19/11 10:44 P

Great! Another fun younger kid game is Hi Ho! Cherry-O

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12/19/11 2:54 P

Last night I played Chutes & Ladders with my 3 year old and although he didn't understand what to do, he did understand taking turns, spinning the wheel and then moving spaces. The chute and ladder part he didn't get and he just wanted to move around the spaces on the outer edge, but I tried to explain it to him. It was a great experience and I look forward to breaking out Candyland in the near future to keep on working on games, taking turns, and counting with him.

KCDELENN Posts: 87
12/18/11 10:06 P

3 is pretty young for the concept. I would say just be very excited, and VERY patient. Explain the choices each turn, lots of gentle reminders. It will likely take awhile but I'm sure she'll get the hang of it. Then she'll want to play so often that you will lose your mind, but that's a topic for another day. :)

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12/12/11 5:49 P

Before playing, role play with her:

What would you do if you rolled green?
What would you do if you land on "go back 5 spaces?"
What would you do if you win?
What would you do if you lost?

My biggest piece of advice is to not pretend she wins when she doesn't. Winning and losing are all part of the experience of game playing.



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12/12/11 1:43 P

My DD will be 3 mid January. I have Canyland for her for Christmas. Any advice on how to explain board game rules to a 3 year old. How to play. Taking turns...that kind of thing.

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