Candy Land, a place full of happiness and sweets. Candy and laughter. Colors and castles. Screaming children chucking gingerbread men at eachother. Candy L-

Wait, what?

If you have ever played Candy Land before, you know how easy and fun the game can be.

If you have ever played Candy Land with a 3 1/2 year old and a 1 1/2 year old, you have played several versions of the game.

I have played Candy Land with several littles before. It goes something like this…

“I wanna play the game! Play with me pleeeease!”
“…Sure”

Box is turned upside down. The pieces and cards fly everywhere.

You, being the adult, gather all of the cards into a pile. Then you collect the pieces and the board.

While you are collecting the board and pieces, the 1 1/2 year old has quickly grabbed the cards and tossed them in the air with great enthusiasm.

You gather the cards, again.

While you are gathering the cards, 3 1/2 year old and 1 1/2 year old proceed to fight over the gingerbread men pieces.

While holding the cards, you try to get the pieces away from the littles and get them on the board, on start.

In the process you get a piece chucked at your head.

Sigh.

You finally get things organized enough for the 3 1/2 year old to take a turn, since he is the one that actually cares. He picks a card. He has already forgotten what color piece he had, even though he was beating the younger sibling over it.

You remind him, then remind him to move his piece.

He drives it like a race car over the entire board.

You help him take his turn.

1 1/2 year old is running around with his piece, happily shrieking.

You skip his turn and take yours.

You pick a card.

1 1/2 year old runs over and knocks everything over.

You quickly place the pieces back where the were and take your turn before the 3 1/2 year old has a meltdown.

“NO” the 3 1/2 year old yells.

You were not supposed to move your piece.

He takes it and puts it where he believes it goes.

The pieces start “talking” to eachother.

You sit and watch.

1 1/2 year old tramples the board.

3 1/2 year old screams at him.

You quickly fix everything.

Not quick enough.

The children were distracted by a noise. 

Said noise distracts them for three minutes.

You quickly gulp down large overflowing mouthfuls of coffee.

The children return to the game.

And it starts again…

Good luck.

You won’t win.

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