Shoots & Ladders VS Candy Land
February 4th, 2012
Over the holidays, I picked up a couple classic preschool board games for Miss Mouse — Shoots & Ladders and Candy Land. However, given the influx of gifts during that time of year, I didn’t actually break them out until recently.
Unsurprisingly, Miss Mouse LOVES board games. All other evening activities have been flung to the back burner in her zest to play games. It’s pretty darned fun, except for one small thing:
Shoots & Ladders is a stupid game.
There, I said it. I have fond memories of playing as a child, but am finding that playing as an adult is truly torturous. It’s dull. And frustrating because Miss Mouse struggles with counting out spaces, causing me to grit my teeth and gently help her Every Single Time. And dull. Did I mention dull? Snooze fest.
Candy Land is noticeably better. It’s easier — colors instead of counting — and who doesn’t get a kick out of drawing Lolly and Princess Frostine (though I swear she used to be Queen Frostine)? Happily, Miss Mouse has fallen in love with Mr. Mint and usually requests a romp through the land of sweets instead of a asking for That Other Game.
Consider this a public service announcement so that, if you are ever asked by a three-year-old which game you want to play, you know the answer.