Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bananagrams Review


My family loves to use boardgames as a way to pass unwanted boredom and spend some quality time together. Video games can be fun, but for "together time" we prefer the more traditional fare of boardgames, card games, puzzles, and things like that. We are always looking for new games because you just never know when a good new game will come along that keeps you playing again and again. So I was very excited when Bananagrams offers to send a couple of their word/learning games for the whole family. During my review I was sent "Pairs in Pears" and the "Appletters".
There are several games offered: Bananagrams, Appletters, PAIRSinPEARS, Zip-It, Fruitominoes, Double Bananagrams, JUMBO Bananagrams, JUMBO Zip-It, Spanish Bananagrams, French Bananagrams, Italian Bananagrams, German Bananagrams, Norwegian Bananagrams, and Hebrew Bananagrams


 Appletters $14.95
AGES 5 and up  / 1-4


Clear the table, unzip the apple and prepare for a great family evening! Appletters is the addictive game for early readers where players work together to build a “word worm” by adding words to the head or tail. Unexpected twists and turns can happen, so stay on your toes! If you forget the rules, you might get called a “Rotten Apple!” The first player to use all of their tiles wins. If you’re hungry for more fun, you can take a bite out of the three extra challenge games. Parents and educators agree – Appletters helps to develop spelling skills, enhance strategic thinking, encourage cooperation, promote turn-taking, and improve concentration. Make Appletters the core of your game night fun!
The Appletters game is super fun and cute for little kids to learn about words and the relationship with other words. The game is simple to play. You take turns by adding words to the head or tail of the word worm. Whoever uses all of their tiles wins. It is very easy to pick up and play. This game is great at developing spelling skills, enhancing strategic thinking, encouraging cooperation, like all other games, it promotes taking turns and improves attention. This game is one that you can play alongside of your kids or they can play together without you. Trust me, hearing the words your little ones will come up with can be hilarious. It does get a little harder when you get to the end with fewer tiles. The game comes in a red apple that holds all of the tiles and zips up making it fun and easy to store and pack. 
PAIRSinPEARS $14.95
AGES 3+ 1 -4 Players


PAIRSinPEARS® pairs fun with learning! Packed with 8 fun and educational activities + 2 competitive word games, PAIRSinPEARS grows with your family, from the pre-reader stage all the way through adulthood. It’s a game you’ll keep coming back to for years to come. With developmental activities like Pattern Grouping & Letter Hunt for parents to play with their pre-readers and wordplay activities like Rhyming & Fill in the Blank for early readers, your kids will learn while having fun. And it gets even juicier with two fast, fun games that have players racing to build word grids in friendly competition. This is the game that truly has something for everyone!

The Pairs in Pears is a little trickier at first. This game offers 2 games plus 8 skill-building activities. You can teach the alphabet, enhance spelling skills, foster problem solving, build early reading skills and improve critical thinking. This game would be easier for kids to play if the tiles or letters were color coated. I would recommend this game to be more for kids over the age of six. Depending on the game that you play determines if you work on not only words but also the tile patterns. Once you get the hang of the game it is pretty fun and can last for a long time.
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Where to purchase: You are able to make a purchase from the Bananagrams website.

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