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OBJECTIVE OF CANDYLAND: You win the game by being the first player to reach the Candy Castle at the end of the board.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: A game for 2-4 players

MATERIALS: A game board, 4 character figures, 64 cards

TYPE OF GAME: Board Game

AUDIENCE: Kids game


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Candyland is perfect for anyone! Candyland is a children’s board game that is perfect to teach to children as young as three years old! You can play with 2 to 4 players as you race against each other to get to the Candy Castle first! Below, we will explore all the rules for Candyland and go over a few fun editions of the game.


Candyland has a very interesting and inspiring history. It was first invented in 1948 by Eleanor Abbot. She was a patient fighting off Polio amid the disease’s rise. She tested the game with children in the ward also suffering from Polio. The kids adored the game so much that they suggested Eleanor sell it to a publishing company. In 1949, the first published version of the game was introduced to the public and quickly became popular.


Candyland has a quick and easy setup. The game includes a gameboard featuring the trails and shortcuts to the Candy Castle. There will be four different player characters of different colors. Finally, there is a deck of 64 cards for the game. Here is how to set up the game:

  1. Open the game board and set it up on a flat, even surface, reachable by all players.
  2. Shuffle all 64 game cards and place them close to the game board.
  3. Pick a character to play for the game and place the figure in the start space on the game board.


Candyland is a movement-based board game. It requires no reading, so it’s great for young children. All your children need is a basic understanding of colors to play with you. 

You start your turn by drawing a card from the deck. Next, you must determine what kind of card you have (discussed below), move accordingly, and discard the card in the pile. The youngest player goes first, and the play continues to the left.


You will draw a card on each turn to see how your character moves. You will always move your figure towards the Candy Castle unless you pull a picture card. In this circumstance, you can move either backward or forward depending on where the matching tile lies on the board compared to you. You may have your character figure on the same spot as another player’s character figure.


There are a few spaces marked with licorice. If you land on one of these spaces, you must remain there for your following turn. After you miss one turn, you can resume playing.


There are two paths on the gameboard called shortcuts; They are named the Rainbow Trail and the Gumdrop Pass. You may take these shortcuts only if you land on, by exact count, the orange space under the Rainbow Trail or the yellow space under the Gumdrop Pass. If you land on these spaces, you may take the path and end up on either the purple space over the Rainbow Trail or the green space over the Gumdrop Pass.


There are three basic card types in the deck. There are cards with single-color blocks, two-color blocks, and picture cards. Each card has a different set of rules for them.

For single-color block cards, move your character forward. You should be on the block closer to the Candy Castle of the same color. 

For cards that have two colored blocks on them, you also move your character closer to the end goal of Candy Castle. This time, though, you are looking for the second space that matches a color on your card. 

Finally, you may draw a picture card. These pictures correspond to pink tiles on the board that match the picture on the card. You must move to this place on the board, even if it means moving away from the Candy Castle.

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Picture Cards


Moving forward towards the Candy Castle is the game’s main goal and how you win. There are, however, slightly more advanced rules to follow. Some cards will make you return to different locations or pink character spaces. If these are drawn, you must move to them even if that moves you away from the Candy Castle.


Winning the game is simple. The first player to reach the Candy Castle wins!


Just like your other classic games, Candyland has several different variations of the classic. Here are a few of the most popular editions.


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The Disney Princess edition adds new pawns for players, including Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and more. The game still follows the standard Candyland rules.


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This game is gigantic! Take the classic Candyland rules and enlarge them! In this party-sized game, players will play on an over-sized game board and all the other giant pieces.

If you love Candyland, check out these other great Children’s games like Hi-Ho Cherry-o and Guess Who?


Can 3-Year-Olds Play Candyland?

Yes, three year olds can play Candyland. We have a list of games for three-year-olds for you to check out!

Is Candyland Based on Luck or Skill?

Candyland is completely based on luck. This is why it is a great game to introduce little kids to board games. It also allows for a fun experience for every player without focusing on strategizing.

How Many People Can Play Candyland?

The Candyland rules state that you can play with 2 to 4 players.

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