CLARK, NJ – The Clark Public Library held their first-ever “Life Size Candyland Game” for members of their summer reading program last Thursday evening. More than 70 young readers signed up to participate, according to Children’s Librarian Dierdre Morley.
“Life-size games are popular at libraries,” said Morley, who organized the event along with library staff and volunteers. “This is our first time having one, to my knowledge.”
As Morley explained, the library’s version of Candyland was played similarly to the original, with a few twists. In groups of ten, players took turns rolling a colored cube to determine how far forward they would move on the board. Players acted as their own piece on the game board as they moved through classic Candyland locations such as “Cupcake Commons,” “Gumdrop Mountains,” and “Chocolate Swamp.”
Along the way, they encountered various special spaces, including roll again, move forward two spaces, move back two spaces, and “Candy Surprise.” Anyone who landed on a “Candy Surprise” space got to choose a movie-style box of candy.
The first player to reach the streamer-filled “Candyland Finish Line” received a crown, a Five Below gift card, and a Candyland piece printed by the library’s 3D printer. Though there was only one winner per game session, the remaining players were invited to continue playing if there was time remaining before the next session. After the game, all participants received a small plastic bag to fill up with their favorite candies at the “Candy Bar.”
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