Ahhh Candyland. Game of chance and wonder. Beloved by 3-6 yr olds. Is there anything better than getting the ICE CREAM card? My 3 year old son spied this game in my instagram feed, being played with by the kids of blogger Danielle Smith. Talk about influential…
That was that. We were buckled in and Target bound in a moment. While our local store did not have the Dora edition, we did get the one pictured above at a great price. It’s cute but I still prefer the original graphics. This got me to thinking about all the versions of this classic game that I have seen over the years.
I thought I’d do a little round up here.
The Grand Potato has a great image of the original 1949 edition.
I actually own a copy of the Candyland gameboard pictured here (from 1962) in the Elliot Avedon Virtual Games Museum. I went through a thrifting phase in the early 90’s during which I collected a ton of vintage games. Someday I will do something with them!
I found a deluxe edition of the game with 3d figures on Amazon. I’m not sure I like it. The classic 60s version remains my fave!
Wikipedia’s Candyland entry lists Winnie the Pooh, Dora and Spongebob licensed versions in addition to the classic four original versions, electronic editions and the “Give Kids the World Village” versions. They also have an extensive history of the game’s characters and some great trivia about the game including that the look & feel was likely the inspiration behind Katy Perry’s “Califonia Girls” video.
Do you and your kids love this classic game? What versions do you have & remember most fondly?