Candyland is the first game I remember playing as a young child, I have many fond memories of my imagination running wild in the Chocolate Mountains, Lollypop Woods and Candy Castle.
So, when it came time to introduce my son to the game I was filled with dread that he would think it was “Lame Dadddy!”
But thank God he loved it as much as I did.
Well, that was 3 years ago, and now at age 6 he has pretty much outgrown Candyland. The thought of burying the game in the closet never to be seen again was just too sad to bear, so in my anguish, I came up with the only sane solution a grieving dad could…
Yes – I decided as a last hurrah I would build a Real Life Candyland game in my backyard for my sons 7th birthday.
To be clear – this has not taken place yet – I am still in the research phase as it turns out making a giant Candyland game is alot more work than you would think.
I decided to document all my research on this page in case there are any more Candyland fans who want to build their own version of this awesome game.
Giant Candyland Ideas For Sweet Inspiration
The Small Scale Game for Reference
First thing you need if you want to build a life-sized Candyland is to get ahold of a regular-sized Candyland game for reference (if you don’t already have one)
There are a couple of ways you can go here. If your kids have played before and love the modern version of the board, you can pick one up pretty cheap on Amazon.com…
I personally prefer the Retro Version. This is the one most people think about when you mention Candyland…
My Favorite DIY Giant Candyland Game
Let’s begin with what’s probably the best Giant Candyland posts online. It’s by Dinah over at DIYInspired.com and it documents the making of her friend’s life-sized Candyland birthday party. This is a 2 part post so be sure to check out part 2 as well.
I especially like her solution for creating the game board track. It looks like they used 1/2 inch plywood cut at angels, painted then joined together with zip ties. A simple and elegant solution.
This would be a great method if you wanted your game board to be reusable – just be sure to number the pieces on the back before you store them away!
The DIYinspired article is not exactly a HOW TO post, but there are plenty of pictures you can look at to get inspiration for creating your own game. I especially like the hand-painted road signs…
And be sure to read the comments on both of those posts as the creator answers some questions about how they made the various elements.
HOW-TO Giant Candyland Post
Next up is an interesting post by Summercamppro.com that documents their journey to build their own Giant Candyland board game. It does a pretty good job of giving the pros and cons of using various materials – but what it doesn’t do it show you nice a finished product.
They do have some pretty cool cutouts of the Candyland Characters.
Simple Backyard Candyland With Painted Track
Here’s a great example of a simple game path created by painting the lawn. This was made by Evelyn Kirchner for her daughter’s 5th birthday party.
If you have a big backyard with a relatively well taken care of lawn you could create this version pretty quick and cheap.
I can’t find any sort of information to go along with this picture, so I’m not sure what kind of paint she used for the path, but I’m pretty sure she used Rost-Oleum Inverted Marking Spray.
This spray paint is designed specifically for marking grass and dirt, they use it frequently for underground utilities, athletic fields, and landscaping. It can spray upside down and will not damage your lawn.
Here are the various colors it comes in – they look pretty close to me (except the purple):
The Kardashians Do Candyland
I’m not a huge fan of the Kardashians, but I gotta hand it to them, their version of Giant Candyland is probably the most extravagant (and beautiful) ever built.
This extravaganza was a part of Penelope and North’s dual birthday party celebration. It’s a good thing the sister’s kids’ have birthdays so close together because this party must have cost a pretty penny!
From the (very little) time I spent investigating the price tag of this lavish bash, it may have cost the sisters more than $200,000!
But can you really put a price tag on this…
You can see more great pictures of this work of art over at their website Poosh.com
The Sweet Escape’s Giant Candyland Board
If you want to spend around $1000 a night, you and about 50 of your closest friends can stay at the Sweet Escape vacation rental, a 10 bedroom 5-acre kids paradise near Orlando, Florida.
This place is like a mini private Disneyland with miniature golf, an ice cream cone shaped swimming pool, and my favorite – a Giant-Size Candyland playing board.
Here’s how they describe the game on their website:
Imagine a gigantic game board made out of concrete and decorated with colored squares, rhymes, riddles, and game playing directions that involve jumping, making up dances, and more! One person spins the spinner and then shouts out directions for the rest of the players to move around the board in a race to see who can reach the finish line first!Sweet Escape
Yes! Count me in!
Biggest Life-Sized Candyland Game Ever
And here is probably the biggest life-sized Candyland game board ever created, it was for the 6oth anniversary of the game. Lombard Street in San Francisco was closed off and colored foam mats were rigged on “The World’s Crookedest Street” to create the game path.
Here’s a video if you want to see the game in action:
That’s all I have for now. I will keep adding to this page as I find new sources of inspiration for building your very own Real Life Candyland game.