Proof That You Can Buy A Huge Dose Of Parental Humility At Target For Only $5.82

So this looks fun, right?


I mean, just look at the gamepieces inside the box:


They’re all “dude!” and “cool!” and “super fun!,” and we know this just by looking at their body language. Arms stretched out, eyes wide open, smiles aplenty – these crazy kids are pumped as can be about the exciting possibilities before them.

After all, they do get to spend their days here:


But let me tell you something that I know for sure: if one of those happy little gamepieces happened to be a parent who was trying to explain this game to his or her child for the first time, those facial expressions would be markedly different. And the body language would be a bit more, um, pinched.

Because if you’re looking at the picture of the gameboard and thinking about all the fun you and your favorite preschooler would have the first time you climbed up those ladders and slid down those chutes, I would just like to say that YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG, MY FRIEND.

No kidding, y’all. I nearly lost my mind playing this game with A. last night.

You see, here’s the thing: if a preschooler sees a spinner land on the number 5 and then looks at a gameboard that’s covered with (useless) numbers, he might just think that he’s supposed to look for the next (useless) number with a 5 in it instead of moving ahead 5 spaces because that is the way a preschooler’s mind has to work when he plays Candyland, and then you will spend four or thirty six minutes trying to explain through gritted teeth that this game isn’t like Candyland, that you’re supposed to be right here, baby, right here on block number 42, and I know there’s not a 5 in there, baby, but I promise it’s right, I promise, because you’re supposed to count ahead five spaces from where you were, not just look for the next (useless) number with a 5 in it, so you need to just movethegamepieceplease. Baby.

(By the way, if the previous paragraph is confusing to you, then I would just like to say, “MY POINT EXACTLY.”)

It could be that the numbers on the squares are supposed to encourage arithmetic skills, but the encouragement loses some of its impact since the game is for, you know, preschoolers. Granted, A. does know all of his numbers, but we haven’t so much gotten started with addition and subtraction when anything larger than 10 is involved, so if I say, “Hey, you’re on square 27. You’re supposed to move ahead 5 spaces. What square should you land on?,” his answer is going to be “CHEETOS! I WANT SOME CHEETOS!” or “I WANT TO GO UP THE BLUE LADDER, MAMA!” without “32” ever darkening the door of his sweet little mind.

I’m trying to tell myself that last night was like “Chutes and Ladders” bootcamp for D. and me. It was training. It was tough and rigorous and taxing, but like anything else, it’ll get easier with practice. I really want to believe that, because A. had an absolute blast moving all the wrong places at all the wrong times. And I know that we should focus on the game-playing journey, not the top-o-the-ladder destination.

But this game gets on my nerves, y’all.

Mainly because I never thought I’d have to die to self while playing a board game designed for preschoolers aged three and up.

But now that I’ve vented, I’m going to fight the good fight and head back into the playroom. Chutes and Ladders will not steal my joy.

Just consider yourselves warned: y’all may have to pray some Scripture over me before the day is over.

And also, I’m not playing Candyland next and you can’t make me.

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  1. I totally know your pain! Kristopher received Candy Land and Chutes and ladders for Chirstmas when he was 3 and wanted to play both over and over one after the other…and he didn’t understand either one at first!! Now he’s 5 and a half and we have fun playing (when we can find all the pieces) It will get better:)

  2. Janet (aka JT) says:

    If you’re close to the edge and need that extra shove off into insanity, try SpongeBob Life. Like I ever understood the actual game of Life! We’ve played Shoots and Ladders, Candyland, Spongebob Life, and Cranium Caddoo, and it all ends the same: EVERYBODY’S crying. Me included.

    They should include that in those idyllic commercials they run.

  3. This admission will certainly bring on my mom guilt but…



  4. Ahhh…I wondered why when the pieces to our game got lost, I didn’t worry at all about it! Now I remember :)

    Back to matching games, my friend…those are simple enough for even my 3 year old to do. And 52 pick up is kind of fun a few times, esp. after a rousing games of Chutes!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I say let him find the next 5! :) ESPECIALLY, if it h-e-l-p-s the game E-N-D faster. I have fond memories of playing Chutes and Ladders as a child, but with my 5-year old? Closer to torture. I thought we were almost done, one of us was almost at the end when NO we’d have to go down a chute. Ugh. Don’t get me started on Candyland! :)

  6. I despise both Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. While I strive to teach honesty to my children, I confess that I have been known to discretely cheat at Chutes and Ladders in order for my child to win and most importantly the game to END.

    The best game investment I’ve made is the game Henry –
    We’ve owned one for years. It doesn’t eat batteries. It is simple enough for a toddler to understand, but entertaining enough for older kids (and adults). It’s saved my behind at many a scout meeting when we’d finish our activities early (and it’s a LOT quieter than Duck, Duck, Goose!)

  7. Candyland is so boring, and I would put Chutes and Ladders in that category. Have you tried Hi-Ho Cherry-O? I actually like that one.

  8. Ok, we have this very same game. I KNOW.


  9. If you were frustrated with Chutes and Ladders, don’t try Guess Who. And definitely don’t try its evil twin Guess Where.

  10. A good friend of mine is a 1st grade teacher and warned me against this game! She suggests candyland or apples-to-apples??

    I like a little game called, “find mommy’s remote control” and “let’s all cuddle on the couch and watch the Iron Chef.” Kidding! Sorta!

  11. “I never thought I’d have to die to self while playing a board game designed for preschoolers”

    Oh laughing, still laughing.

  12. What does it say about me that the paragraph that might confuse others TOTALLY made sense to me?

    Try Hullabaloo. It’s fun. Alex can jump around while you can sit and “supervise” and “encourage”. No counting or addition or subraction necessary.

    Stinkerbell and I played Crazy 8’s yesterday. It was actually fun. But she’s 6 1/2 and has already played poker with her daddy and Uncle Carl.

    I just realized how that will look. 6 year-old and poker. Oh, well. Que sera sera.

  13. YES!!! This was the first game we taught our daughter and I felt like the odds were strong that I would be bald by the end of it!

    oh man…

  14. I feel your pain–C&L is in the top of the closet here. :-)

    Three suggestions for you:

    1. Cranium Cariboo (THE ULTIMATE as far as my 4yo and her 4yo cousin are concerned)

    2. Cootie (you will have to be chasing the dice a bit, but it’s fun)

    3. Cranium Hullabloo (requires no participation from mom!)

  15. OH, I’ve been there. Chutes and Ladders nearly gave me a momma-breakdown. Just WALK AWAY.

  16. games are never as fun as they sound, especially when kids are involved.

    They will suck every last bit of brain power a mama has out of her ever lovin’ head.
    Just say no!
    And I agree, if you MUST play a game with your kiddo, go for Hullabaloo. I’ve been known to jump on a circle or triangle. It’s fun.
    And if you MUST do board games, do yourself and those in a 5 mile radius a favor…DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT purchasing a Monopoly for kids. Take my word for it. Please.

  18. I think that game is the most annoying one we’ve played. I’d take Candy Land over C&L any day. Aside from the fact that kids may not get the idea of moving “X” spaces forward, it isn’t always easy to remember which DIRECTION is forward, since it changes with every line. If I don’t watch closely, someone ends up moving in the wrong direction every time.

    I don’t know if you were reading my blog then, but I did a post about how I cheated at C&L just to get the game to end. Because that is the other really annoying part of the game… just when you think it is going to end, someone gets sent down that chute and you are starting all over again.


  19. Just so you know…the biggest fights that my husband, children (13 & 11 now) and I have ever gotten into have been when we were playing board games…I’m just sayin’…. :)

  20. Amen on the Monopoly! My son got a Dogopoly and begs to play all the time. When we played as a family, I was so glad to lose all my money so I could get out of the cutthroat game! “You’re going down!” was the cry of the day. My two “kids” enjoyed it, but I was waiting to see who was going to lose and cry/pout. The 8 year old or the 48 year old. Oh well, my son loves being the banker, so I guess it’s educational. Right?

  21. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, do NOT play Candyland ever, it is evil, pure and simple. The game must be destroyed!!! Jumping up and down on the box does the trick…or so I’ve heard :)

  22. I despise both Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.

    Uno is a much kinder and gentler game.

    and (bonus) actually fun.

    Mary, mom to about a zillion

  23. Man, Chutes and Ladders is definitely from the devil. And just when you think it’s going to end, you slide down one of those danged chutes again and get that further from the end. Evil, I tell ya. I agree!

  24. Board games are what people used to do before the Wii was invented. I bet it would be pretty easy to “lose” Chutes and Ladders. We “lost” Candyland months ago and no one has missed it since.

  25. Been there and done that–this weekend! AAAHHH, it was terrible. Once the kiddos finally got past the confusion of where to move the pieces, I thought we were all good. Alas, then one of them came upon a chute down to the bottom. There was much crying, stomping, and gnashing of teeth at that point. It was not pretty at all. You are brave to want to keep at it–I think our C&L is headed for Goodwill for some other unsuspecting parents!

  26. All I can do is laugh right now, BUT I know that in a couple of years I probably will NOT be laughing. You know, that’s something I’ve never thought of…..teaching a child a board game….and how it might not go so well…..

    My frustrating moments right now consist of my little bundle (BIG bundle) taking all the DVDs and CDs out of our case which does NOT have doors and a lock. It’s just an open case. Hubs and I have been discussing this and DO plan to get a better more secure case!! Or is there such a thang??

  27. I still have a nervous twitch from the Lucky Duck game. If the box was even slightly bumped those darn things would start quacking and got the boys all hyped up.

    If some kind soul (whose laughing right now) bought that for your child as a present – seek revenge.
    If you however fell for the little crack children claiming to be having fun then pack it away and chalk it up to a learning lesson.

    I think all my kids learned from “learning toys” was watching me lose it. Then I got to be the example of how not to act when things don’t go your way.

  28. ditto. i hate chutes and ladders. Hate it!

  29. Oh, I was going to leave a comment about the early Parkinson’s that stupid Lucky Ducks game gave me, but I see it’s already been covered. Who makes up these games anyway?

    Although, we’re liking the Cranium ones lately – Caribou and Balloon Lagoon.

  30. Beware! This game can be agonizingly long. Just when you think it’s about over comes that dang chute all the way back down to the bottom.

    Here’s some Jacob’s ladder Genesis scripture for ya should the need arise:

    “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you.”

  31. Been there done that, doing it with the next generation!

    My six year old grandson, still likes Chutes and Ladders–A LOT! He also likes Trouble! Of course, being the grown up rising 1st grader that he is, we have passed the worst of the “learning to play games” trauma. I can actually enjoy watching him plan strategic moves in games like Trouble and Sorry!

    However, he has a three-year old sister who is now wanting to play. He has taught me the art of playing games with a three-year-old.

    “Just let her do what she wants, Grandmama. She’ll get tired of it in a few minutes and go do something else!”

    Works every time! When she leaves, he looks at me with a grin, removes her game piece, and goes on with the game. Isn’t he a great big brother? :-)

  32. OMG you just saved me a trip to Target! I have an almost 3 yo I was thinking about picking a board game up for, but no more! I think we’ll stick to rubbing his face in Play-doh for another six months or so. Cheap AND fun!

  33. Tammy H says:

    Oh my goodness – Am I the only one out there that likes Chutes and Ladders? Clue and Chutes and Ladders were my favorites growing up and my girls like them too! Who knew I was so odd! :)

  34. Uno Extreme with those special card holders for litle hands. If you get bored you can just press the button and shot out lots of cards!! (distraction ya’ know) and we jut play to match up colours or sometimes numbers right now – later we’ll play the whole thing. 100 spots in c&l – cRAzy – really, I rather poke a fork into my eyeballs!

  35. Uno Extreme with those special card holders for little hands. If you get bored you can just press the button and shoot out lots of cards!! (distraction ya’ know) and we just play to match up colours or sometimes numbers right now – later we’ll play the whole thing. I have a 4 year old boy birthday in May so pretty close in age to Alex…

    100 spots in zC&L – cRAzy – really, I rather poke a fork into my eyeballs!

  36. Makes you want to “shoot” some ladders! Mine are not quite old enough for board games, so I consider myself warned!

  37. Oh. I hate that game. And we have the Dora the Explorer version, which has the added bonus of my daughter wanting Swiper the fox to come in and steal my piece right off the board. Then she wins. And I pull my hair out.

  38. I despise chutes and ladders. My dd is almost 5, and still has trouble with it (heck, sometimes I even have trouble, some of the squares are almost completely obscured by either a chute, a ladder, or a picture of a kid involved in some good or bad activity).

    If you’re looking for pre-school game recommendations, I can tell you that we’ve had a fair amount of luck with High Ho Cherry-O. My dd also loves Lucky Ducks, but it is VERY LOUD and ANNOYING. Easy to play though.

  39. Hey, I was frustrated with Candyland, never mind the other game. I have four children and threw away a version after each of the first three kids hit about 2 years of age. Dear hubby bought a new version for each child. No joke. Now the rule is, “Mama NEVER plays Candyland.” And, if the big brothers are misbehaving I just tell them they have to play Candyland or Chutes ‘n Ladders with their sister. You can’t even cheat easily to lose in these games. Oh well… no more Candyland for me.(And only occasional matches of “C ‘n L”.

    Blessings, Kim

  40. Yeah, those games develop the Fruits of the Spirit in you and it doesn’t happen easily.

    We love the Cranium games and card games like Go Fish, War, Crazy 8’s and Old Maid. They go so much more smoothly for some reason.

  41. I cannot express strongly enough HOW MUCH I HATE CHUTES AND LADDERS!!!! It is one of the worst games EVER!!!! It is SO confusing to figure out if you’re headed left or right as it goes back and forth…that’s why the squares are numbered, so you can see which direction to go in since IT’S SO FREAKIN’ CONFUSING!!! And your people pieces are darling compared to my muted toned dull things. And the game board is dull and colorless, too. Don’t put down Candyland…Candyland rules!! Especially in comparison with Chutes and Ladders!

  42. UHH. I am so sorry. I can imagine….
    I agree about the UNO recommendation. It is the only store game we can play so far! For my 3 year olds, I removed all the “word cards” and we just play matching numbers and colors. They love it.

  43. Oh, just wait till you try to explain “Trouble”. And how Mommy can land on your guy and SEND YOU BACK HOME! Yes she can. AND YOU HAVE TO WAIT TILL YOU ROLL A 6 TO GET OUT AGAIN. They don’t call it “trouble” for nothing.

    I’m with you on the Chutes and Ladders thing. I’d rather pull out my toenails. With my teeth.

  44. We were “lucky” enough to get Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry O!, and Memory all in one box. The joy! The kids of course love these games and drag the box out every chance they get. I DESPISED these games in the beginning . . . trying to explain the Chutes and Ladders numbering thing to a 3 year old was PAINFUL . . . trying to get them to follow the crazy path of the Candy Land board without losing their space . . . trying to explain that the bridges only go forward, not backward on Candy Land – “but really mom, they go sideways!” I’m all for games, and I love playing them with my kids, but I’m so glad we’re in to the card playing days . . . slap jack, crazy 8, Uno!

  45. okay, finally delurking to tell you I absolutely LOVE reading your blog. You crack me up and I know exactly where you are coming from. We recently bought our daughter, 7 1/2 a game called “Toss Your Cookies” and our son, just turned 4, always wants to play w/ us. One of the pieces that you have to have in the end is a glass of milk. Well, whoever has that glorious glass of milk is the lap he’s going to sit in to play along. Needless to say, we always know who is close to winning with that glass of milk in hand! Just wait, you will have many more of these times of testing the patience to come! And he will be telling you, “No, momma, this goes here, not there!” Enjoy-we know the kids do!

  46. Your description was perfect…just had this experience with my almost-4 year old last week. Everytime he’d spin and see a 4 or 5, he’d go back to 1 and then count until he got to 4 or 5….EVERY TIME. Thankfully his older cousins were helping teach, so I didn’t go completely insane. Glad to know that he’s doing what Alex is doing…totally age-appropriate behavior.

    Good thing ours is a Dora version and he can just go back to playing with the figures like he’s been doing since he got it for Christmas!

  47. I remember the first time we played that. Josh almost freaked out as I moved his piece down the first chute! What a nightmare. Good news is… he gets it now and we don’t have a problem! Hang in there Boo!!

  48. AAaaah. WE have the Sesame Street version. My girls are 6 and 7 now and ya know what? There is no cure for Elmo Annoyance.

  49. I think I have to be the lone voice of dissent. I like Chutes and Ladders and Candyland! And Uno and Hit the Deck and Mad Libs and backgammon and Parcheesi. I detest Life though. :)

  50. I remember playing this game with my own mother once upon a time.

    Heh, heh, heh!

    Scribbit has a great post about her daughter and how she is not going to play chutes and ladders again. It’s a few months old, but worth hunting up.

  51. I have been laughing my hiney off here at you girls. Chutes and Ladders, not a game my kids ever embraced but I have played many of the others and they are not bad. I second the UNO recommendation.

    I had to get rid of Lucky Ducks because of my MIL. One time she was keeping our kids and they turned that game on while she was cleaning up the kitchen and then snuck out the front door and ran down the street to the park. Yes, they were 4 and 2 and the little one was in a Tshirt and a diaper and the older one was in a tshirt and underwear. They were on their way to bed after she was finished with the kitchen. She didn’t know they were missing until a neighbor down the street brought them back. After that, any time that game came on she practically had a seizure!!

    No, I was not mad, I felt bad for her because she was so upset.

    Great post!!

  52. Star Wars Stratego… just gets worse. ))Stratego((

    ))children who don’t like to lose ((

  53. Bossy secretly refers to that game as Shoots and Ladders and thinks maybe it’s responsible for mass killings.

  54. Hahaha… I remember my game board being a lot scarier, like you would have been terrified to go down someof those chutes, not to mention the endless ladders. Brought a smile to my face that you pointed out a useless addition to a classic game (why can’t they leave well enough alone – it’s not meant to teach arithmatic bu safety around ladders!). Thanks for making me smile. I found you blog in the Best Humor Blog category for the Blogger’s Choice Awards, lots of fun you deserve the nomination.

    It’s easy to add a code for a Brag Badge so you can facilitate your readers voting: I think it should be there

  55. OMG!! You all have made me feel so much better. I thought I was the only mom in the world without enough patience to “play” those games.

    I’d rather get hit in the head with a rock than try to explain a board game to a 3yo.

    I remember playing all those games with my mom when I was little and having a great time. But I also remember watching a LOT of TV. So I’m sure my mom had much less fun playing than I did. LOL

  56. There is something wrong with a game that requires reason and logic with people that wear their shoes on the wrong feet.

  57. I haven’t tried this one yet, I’m kinda scared and this post just proves my point! Preschool games should not be played with anyone above the age of 6!

  58. Oh my sweet goodness, I just got caught up over here after being away a measly three days and all’s I can say is I’m laughing my head off. Except at the song. That moved me. Everything else just cracked me completely up. Except the yellow jacket sting. But that kind of cracked me up too.

    And I have to tell you, the recipe you recommended for my wedding breakfast, the Paula Deen blueberry coffee cake, was a huge success. Huge! So thank you!

  59. Your experience reminded me of something I tried with my fifth grade students this year. I played a game when I was younger, usually at sleepovers or parties. It’s the game where you say, “I’m going on vacation (anywhere will work), and I’m going to take _______. The first person gives a word that starts with an A. The second person must list the word starting with A and add one starting with B. Then it continues. (Hope I haven’t confused you!!!) They were amazed…they had never played it before. It took a while but they got it. They actually thought I created the game! lol It was an experience!

  60. The funny thing is, as soon as I read your title and saw the first picture, I knew EXACTLY what your post was going to be about. The first time I played Candyland and Chutes with my child, it was like visiting hell. But I’m going to try to be somewhat more encouraging here (famous last words) and say that it does get better. Thanks to his Grandma, who is MUCH MORE PATIENT than I, he got the hang of Candyland and is getting better at C&L. I just had to be out of the room when they played. That’s the key: get someone else who is not his parent to play with him until he gets the hang of it. He still doesn’t play perfectly and tries to revert back to HIS rules occasionally, but I’m a mean mommy and make him play by the real ones. Hang in there and try to keep some of your hair. Personally, we prefer card games like Old Maid and Go Fish. And there’s a Thomas Uno that is pretty easy. We play those every night before bed and they are great leverage when he is not cooperating. Let us know if he makes any progress.

  61. hee hee….Oh I feel your pain!

  62. So funny!!
    I have not liked Chutes and Ladders since I was a kid. I always got to the top and landed on the big slide and had to go all the way to the bottom!!
    Dangit!! So we do NOT own it!
    But I love Cranium Hullabaloo – it is good for some laughs – ok everybody sing boogy de woogadee woogadee woo – cracks my boys up so much!
    God bless,

  63. More fun than those: Hi Ho Cherry-Oh, Mancala, or Blokus.


  64. Hmmm… so you don’t recommend this game, huh?

    I had to LOL when I read this! I remember my parents acting the SAME way!! HAHA!! Guess I’ll get to experience it when my little on wants the game…. or maybe I’ll just talk her into Candlyland instead!

    Mrs. U

  65. Oh yes, and Slap Jack! All preschoolers love permission to Slap.

    When he starts to understand place value (maybe he does already) check out Rack-O.

    Sorry to spread this over two messages. :(

  66. Hungry, Hungry Hippos is my game equivalent of TORTURE.

    I agree with the other mommies…JUST WALK AWAY from the board game.

  67. I feel your pain. Let that be a special game that only the babysitter can play! :)

  68. HaHa! Hoohahaha! LOL (I have 7 kids to go through that torture with. It does NOT get more fun!)

  69. Jennifer says:

    If you want another recommendation, I could add Memory – we have the Dora version that my 4-year old daughter loves. But she likes to win so she’ll also play by herself (I think that’s a win-win situation!). :)

  70. I confess my daughter and I have forever loved playing board games, BUT we make up our own rules! For C&L we often decide nobody has to slide down any slides anymore–which (yes, I know) defeats the purpose.

    Even better, for Candyland if you’ve passed the character whose card you get, you pretend to go visit them and say HI! and then go back to the spot you were just on! :) And when it’s all over and everyone has made it to the candy castle we pretend our little cookie-men are wandering all over the world eating everything in sight and nobody gets cavities or tummy-aches. And we all end up happy. :)

  71. I pretty much have to fast before participating in any kind of game anyway, so I will remember to avoid this one in the future.

  72. i have tried some of these w/ my boys 3 and 4….i would rather get another c section w/ no drugs than do it again. so i let them play w/ each other and make up their own rules and it seems ok. the games that have gone really well is leap frog bingo….they love it and seem to get putting the marker over the similar items, the go fish game went really well till they decided they were sharks and ate all the fishies….
    we have recently attempted the leap frog go fish and it went kinda ok w/ the 4 y/o the 3 y/o wants to eat the cards
    i have thought about the cranium games but was afraid they might be too much for them
    i may look into that I love board games of the trivial pursuit or monopoly persuasion but cannot stand the kiddie games didnt even really like them as a kid

  73. Omg Say Ya’ll One More Time

  74. Even as a kid, Chutes and Ladders was TOO LONG and boring. I do know the purpose of the numbers, though — they’re so you know what order to go in, because it’s confusing even as an adult to try to remember which direction you’re going this time, seeing as how the direction SWITCHES every line (SO confusing!). So without the numbers to keep you on track, you’d never remember if you were supposed to be going right or left!

    I hate this game and never play it. And as for cheating, with games like Candyland and C&L that with the constant backtracking can sometimes take FOREVER, which is way too long to expect a preschooler to attend to a game, I deem it necessary. Hard to cheat in C&L but in Candyland, I pull the picture cards, shuffle the colors, then insert the picture cards in order into the top 1/3 of the deck. It’s not cheating in terms of making sure the child wins, and with the certainty that SOMEONE is going to be hopping up to the lollipop or the ice cream within about 15 turns, it makes sure a game of candyland doesn’t turn into an all day affair!! A must!

  75. Ohiomom9977 says:

    We play Candyland here and I try to avoid Chutes and Ladders for the very same reason. The first time we played it was this past Christmas and I was pregnant and not real comfortable on the floor which makes the game even more fun. I had the hardest time explaining it to my 3 year old, there was some yelling involved – it wasn’t pretty!

  76. My little people (5, 3 & 1) enjoy Hungry Hippo and Buckaroo, neither need a whole lot of explanation.
    We also like Hullabaloo the dvd edition, so much fun.

  77. I have been lurking for a while but I just had to reply–I played Chutes and Ladders last night. Oh I hate that game. My preschooler doesn’t get it, but my 5 year old does, and just loves it. But he likes to cheat. Now, as much as I hate the game, and want it to end quickly, I can’t stand it when he tries to manipulate the numbers to avoid chutes or land on ladders. It’s the principle of the thing.

    I decided that the only games I will buy him are games he can play by himself, like Hungry Hungry Hippos or Buckaroo, or puzzles. Love the kid, hate the pointless games.


  78. Not too mention that the game isn’t even a FUN one! When dh and myself used to play it with DNK all the time — I LOST EACH AND EVERY GAME! Seriously. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
    Take a deep breath…. relax… now go play!

  79. Oh, snort……..and I thought the Asian Hooters was my favourite post of all time. Love your description of those manic little beasties that you use as game pieces.

    I have a severely autistic teenager mental age around 2 1/2. When I am feeling VERY strong we try and play board games, haven’t come across this one before but now know to avoid it…..thank you ! I will stick with Hungry Hippos ; )

  80. Oh, I’m one of those bad moms that refuses to play Candyland or Chutes & Ladders with my children — and really, it’s for their own good, since I become someone unrecognizable, even to myself, when playing those games. I second the votes for Cranium games — Cariboo and Hulabaloo.

  81. Stephanie from Rhode Island says:

    O my goodness do I know your pain! My 4 year old does the same thing to me. And could that game be any longer? Really? Do we need 100 squares?

    Steph in RI