Chutes and Ladders or Candyland Reading Game

Robbie and I have been playing modified versions of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. I made word cards to use instead of the color cards (Candyland) or spinner (Chutes and Ladders). Each card has a word for the player to read and a value (based upon phonetic difficulty) of 1, 2 or 3. I don't wish to discourage him by using only difficult words. This older photo shows some of his first set of cards.
When it's his turn, Robbie draws a card and reads the word. If he gets it on the first try, he can move his game piece the number of spaces listed on the card. If he doesn't read it correctly on the first try, I help him and it is set aside to be re-read at the end of the game.
This game has been a big hit at our house. I can simply update the cards whenever he learns a new rule or needs to review a concept. I believe that it would also be a fun way to practice sight word lists for those of you who use them. It could also be used for spelling if another player draws the card and gives the current player the word to spell.

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  1. I was just thinking about this idea. I like your cards. They look so professional!

  2. They may look good in the photo, but I really made them too small. I just wanted to save card stock and ink, LOL!

  3. What a really cool idea! I must make this for Ainsley. I know she'll love it.. she is so hands-on. Thank you for the idea!


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