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Adapting Candy Land for Players Who Are Blind or Deafblind

Adapt Candyland for players who are blind, low vision or deafblind! Just add braille and tactile symbols for an accessible and inclusive game.

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We adapted the game Candy Land so that it would be accessible for my son Liam (age 7, deafblind).  It was easy to do, but took some time to add the modifications.  We attached velcro to the all of the squares using superglue and also to the game markers. The reason for the velcro is so that Liam would be able to feel where everyone was at on the game board without all of the pieces falling over.  We added the braille initial of all of the color spaces and to the playing cards as well (for example:  “g” for green and “b’ for blue).  So that Liam could tell “who was who” for the game markers, we attached small wooden shapes onto them.  

Materials

  • Candy Land Game board and pieces 
  • Small wooden shapes (to glue onto the game markers)
  • Velcro pieces
  • Super Glue
  • Braille labels 
  • Small container to hold the cards 
Candy Land board with braille
Candy Land board adapted with braille and tactile markers
Adapted piece on game board
Adapted game piece on game board

Procedure

Liam was able to pass the small container around to each of the players on their turn, so that he could feel them choosing a card and get to feel what color they picked.  He was able to feel the players move their pieces as well.  I was so thrilled to see that Liam enjoyed playing Candy Land with his family and friends.  I loved that he was able to be included and the game was accessible to him!  

Adapted game cards
Adapted game card with braille letter “r” for “red”
Adapted ice cream card
Adapted ice cream card with tactile marker of corrugated cardboard

  

Collage of Adapting Candy Land
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