Heard at our house yesterday, "I want to play the Letter Game...the one with the yummy things!"
Candy Land is a great game to practice colors...and at our house it's also a pretty awesome game for practicing letters, sounds, and reading too. This took about 10 minutes to do, you can undo it easily (or redo for a different skill), it was a big hit with Little Brother...and it makes Candy Land a bit more interesting for me too.
We didn't used to have many kids' board games. Then Firecracker got old enough to actually play them, and I realized how useful they can be for learning basic skills. Now we've picked up several on sale or from thrift stores. Of course some of the MOST important skills they teach is taking turns and getting along...but they can teach other things as well.
Here's what you need...Candy Land, some scotch tape, and a thin tip permanent marker (or other marker that will write on the tape.)
First, I covered the Candy Land path with tape. I used short segments to get around the curves.
When I was done, it looked like this:
Then I put one letter on each space with the permanent marking pen, making sure to just write on the tape. I wrote the lowercase letters because that's what children often need the most help with. Instead of "q," I used "qu."