Chutes & Ladders

Milton Bradley, 1978, 2-4 players, ages 4-7. Chutes and Ladders is what Americans call the ancient game of Snakes and Ladders, originally thought to have been designed in the 2nd century BC by Hindu religious teachers to teach children the difference between good and evil. The English discovered it in the 1890s and the first US version appeared in 1943. The game is played on a 10 X 10 grid. Each player takes turns spinning a spinner and moving between 1 and 6 spaces. If you land on a ladder you get to jump higher on the grid and if you hit a snake (or chute) you slide down the grid. Each chute/snake/ladder square has a picture of a child engaging in some good or bad behavior. This is kind of fun to play with your kids in a mindless sort of way. I don't know what kind of moral lessons kids will take away from it, but it does teach counting from 1 to 100 pretty well.

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