Snakes and Ladders

Did you know that snakes and ladders was originally an Indian game that demonstrated the role of karma or fate?

It is a very simple game that does not require any skill to play and as such is a great starter board game for young children.

Rolling the dice, and counting the squares provides some basic numeracy practice; and the chance of climbing up a ladder or sliding down a snake help the child to learn to accept setbacks and become used to winning and losing.

Any board game that uses dice is a good way to practice some basic numeracy and counting skills with your kids. Quick, easy and good learning fun!

What simple board games do you and your kids like playing? Or did you enjoy as a child?


  1. Fun! I didn't know that. I think we probably played CandyLand the most...and then Monopoly. I'm not much into games but those classics are still fun. Oh yeah, growing up we played a lot of Clue.

  2. I didn't know that either. We played Candy Land, Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, etc.


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