Way back in 2005, I worked as Title 1 support for reading and math, K-5. I was young and idealistic, ready for the challenge of meeting the needs of so many different kids. The only problem was the lack of resources. Armed only with paper, pencils, and crayons I knew I needed to get creative and fast!
My first idea was taking the board game Candy Land and turn it into something educational. Making my own cards, I kept the game board colors and added math equations. The same rules applied with the exception of solving the problem before moving forward. It came as no big surprise that the students loved it. Serving several grade levels, I decided to create different math and reading games.
My original set of cards were made with cardstock paper and bingo daubers from the local dollar store. It took forever to make each set by hand. I have since turned my game cards into a Teachers Pay Teachers product but with a little leg work you make your own.
To create your own set of educational cards I suggest using Microsoft Word. Insert a 2X5 table, aligning the font to the center and right of each cell. Highlight the table to pull a margin bar slightly to the left. This adds extra space after the equations.
Now insert a square to the left of the problem. Copy and paste the squares in each box to save time. Change the color of the game squares in a pattern of blue, red, green, purple, yellow, and orange. Make sure to have the same amount of each color for your game.
For the special candy squares I reused the table but deleted the equations. Here I changed the square to pink and added each of the candy characters. You can Google Candy Land character clip art or create your own. I designed my own as I didn't want to deal with copyright infringement.
There you have it! Print your cards, laminate to add extra protection and cut them out. Your kids will love playing this educational game. I usually get it out during center time and even indoor recess!
Check out my creations at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.