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Snakes & Ladders - An Educational Board Game For Your Children

Do you need something for your kids that is educational, gadget-free and fun to play? Then what can be better than engaging your child with a classic snake & ladder board game. It teaches strategy skills to your children, teamwork, color recognition and it is fun to play. It is a great way to bond with the entire family members playing this game. Let us now look at the various educational values and benefits that your child can get playing this game.


Traditional board games include Ludo and Snakes & Ladders, Chinese Checkers, Chess to name a few. A number of new games were invented at the turn of the nineteenth century, such as Monopoly, Life and Scrabble which became family heirlooms. Multiplayer board game " The Settlers of Catan" trying to gain resources and trade property is one of the game of its kind. Kids get engaged in such type of classic board games which is a good idea to boost your kid's knowledge and skills.

As this is a board game which is made of paper and cardboard, so many cottage industries and small scale industries are making snakes & ladder game. Some are now making the board game with plastic and some are even magnetic. It is advisable that you purchase plastic and magnetic snake & ladder board game so that it will last longer. Children who are above 5 years and above can play this educational game.

Availability and Price of Snake & ladder board game

Snake & ladder board game is much cheaper compared to other computer games or board games. However, for the plastic and magnetic board game you have to spend some extra bucks. This game is easily available throughout the country and you can purchase it from any book store or stationary shop. You can purchase from online shops too. There are many online shopping sites that sell snake and ladder board games. Also, some of the sites provide free playing on their sites and android version of it are also available.
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Educational benefits of playing snake & ladder board game

Snakes & ladder is a most popular game in many countries of the world. Let us now look at some of the educational benefits of playing snake & ladder board game:

  • Counting Abilities

    Snake & ladder board game develops counting abilities in children. The interesting part of this board game is not only its develop counting abilities, but also basic addition skills. Suppose a child is on square 7 and get a dice roll of 6, he/she will move forward 6 spaces to 13 (7+6 = 13). So, additional skills are also developed.

  • Pattern of numbers

    They also learn pattern of numbers. They can learn this by rolling the dice. Rolling the dice fetches numbers as dots and so they learn the pattern of numbers.

  • Ups and downs

    It also helps in developing social skills in children. If a child is ahead in the game and hope to win. And then on the next chance, he lands on the longest snake. He falls drastically and is left behind. It can be shocking to young kids but that is valuable as they are learning early life lessons. They are preparing themselves to face if any unexpected thing occurs in life. In snake & ladder game you can win even you are left quite behind. This can happen when you land to the tallest ladder. This teaches the kids to win and moving forward in life by crossing the difficult obstacles.

  • Accepting outcome

    This game teaches to learn to accept winning or losing situation. That's the true spirit of sportsmanship. Try to win next time if you have loosed this time and learn from the mistakes that you have done earlier.

  • Other Benefits

    Apart from the above mentioned benefits, some of other benefits are - it teaches strategy skills to your children, develops teamwork in them, color recognition and moreover it is fun to play. It is a great way to bond with the entire family members playing this game.

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    Rules of snake & ladder board game

    The greatest importance of any games are the rules. Not only are these the How-to-play instructions, but they are the boundaries in which the game can be played. The basic rules of snakes & ladders are as follows:

  • Two or three players may play and the maximum number of players can be 6 to 8 players.
  • Each player throws the dice. The player with the highest number starts the game by throwing the dice and moving his/her counter according to the number shown on the dice.
  • If a player gets a six, he/she throws the dice again.
  • If a counter stops at the head of the snake, the player must slide the counter down the snake until it gets to the tail. Then carries it from that point.
  • If a counter lands at the foot of a ladder, the player move their marker up and carries on from there.
  • The first player to reach the square 100 is declared as the winner of the game.

  • How to play snake & ladder board game

    1. The game can be played by two or more players upto a maximum of 6 – 8 players.

    2. Each player should have his or her own marker. Different shaped stones or shells, coloured pieces of plastic or paper, bottle tops, etc make good markers. Each player starts from square 1, marked as START, which is at the bottom left hand corner of the board.

    3. To decide first player, each player must shake the dice, the first player to get a six starts the game. He/she then throws the dice again and move forward the number of squares that is indicated on the dice. The player who is one the left side of the starter throws the dice and moves forward. Players continue to play in the same order until someone reaches square 100, which is the FINISH square.

    4. If a player lands on a square at the bottom of the ladder, they must move their marker up the ladder. When he has reached the top of the ladder, they should continue playing from the square at the top of the ladder.
      If a player lands on a square with a snake head on it, they should move their marker down the snake and continue playing from the square at the bottom of the snake.

    5. The first player to reach the finish square is declared as the winner.


    So, you have seen the various aspects, rules and benefits of playing snake and ladder board game. Give your kids the games that he can learn something from it. Snake & ladder is a cheap game that is easily available everywhere. It is the time to gift to your child the Snake & Ladder board game.

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    Author: Ajesh Kumar20 Sep 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

    Unexpected gains and unpredictable failures are certain characteristics of life known to every one. Playing snake and ladder is an early initiation to this truth.

    Snake and Ladder is in fact an excellent indoor game. We can sit any bong on it forgetting food and water.

    Author: RAshmi J02 Jul 2015 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 2

    This is one of the oldest and loved games across all age groups. Unfortunately today's digital and mobile world has left little scope for kids to explore this wonderful game. Subway surfers, temple run mobile games have taken over children's fancy. They have forgotten the charm of playing such indoor games, let alone sit in a place for a certain time.

    Its sad, but very true.

    Author: A S MUKTESWARA RAO29 Oct 2016 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

    Artcle is very nice, we usually play this game in our home frquently

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