When I saw the Bananagrams stall at Britmums I was amazed at the range of products available and I managed to blag one of each so I could use them with my minded children (as well as my own) and to tell you all about them.
I have had them in my house for over a month now and i have to say the Bananagram set definitely seems more popular. The girls are still not able to actually play the game very well but I have noticed an amazing difference in Elizabeth and Alison's letter recognition. We play find the letter when we are tidying them away and the girls really enjoy it.
The tiles for each of the sets are slightly different so if they get more than one set out at a time I can ensure they go back in the right bags. Talking about the bags they are great, really well made and they really do look like fruit.
Bananagrams is the first in the bunch, the game that started it all. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles. There's no turn-taking to be found here—it all happens at once and it’s a race to the finish. No matter how old you are and how many anagram games you’ve played, Bananagrams is sure to drive you absolutely bananas ... in the best possible way!
Appletters is a strategic game of lettered tiles, packed in an apple pouch. Originally designed with younger players in mind, Appletters features three levels of play to amuse children and challenge adults. Players take turns building a “snake” of words that stretches across the table. New words are added to the first or last letter of the “snake”, and the first player to use all their tiles wins. It’s an addictive, intense, and exhilarating game, but the fun doesn’t end there. You can use the same tiles to play Applescore, with bonus points for big words, and Apple Turnover, where words can be replaced— but only with longer words. One game, three levels of play.
PAIRSinPEARS, true to its name, is a fast-paced pair-making game, packed in a pear. Lettered tiles come in four distinct alphabet sets, and players race against each other to make connected pairs of words in matching patterns. It's a great way for children to develop memory and cognitive skills while learning the alphabet, pattern recognition, word construction, vowels, vocabulary, rhyming and more. Deceptively simple and exceptionally fun, PAIRSinPEARS is perfect for family time and classroom activities.
ZIP-IT is an exhilarating, high-speed, two-player game played with 24 lettered cubes and colored scoring zippers that come built into the pouch. Each player takes 12 cubes and races against their opponent to build a word grid. One hand can be played in as little as 20 seconds, and everything you need is in the bag! Playable on an airplane or train tray, ZIP-IT is the ultimate travel game. Each pouch includes a WEORDS dictionary of weird words that win word games! This is perfect for travelling or to take on holiday for the grown ups to play with.
The girls favourite games from the whole selection was Fruitominoes. A fresh, fruity, and colorful twist to the classic game of dominoes! Each player takes turns matching the six attractive fruit patterns. Twenty-eight Fruitominoes in a compact pouch make this a game that’s great for young and old.