Bananagrams and so much more! Review & Giveaway {3/17}

Diane Hidey —  March 3, 2012

Looking for a fun game for your family? Need something to do during a slooow party? Want to educate your child while they play a game? Are you a little competitive and the Sunday crossword puzzle just doesn’t do it for you any more?

BANANAGRAMS family games- PERFECT SOLUTION!! Something for everyone and every age. 


BANANAGRAMS (SRP: $14.95),  is the original and now classic, fast paced crossword-like game for lots of players! This is the game that first hooked me on this company. In 2009 BANANAGRAMS was named the Game of the Year at the Toy Fair. I spent many hours driving around town looking for this game. Every time I got to a store it was sold out! Finally, I was able to purchase the game on Amazon–well actually I purchased 4 of them. One for me and one for my two nieces and nephew. Our extended family has been playing BANANAGRAMS ever since. We play on the floor, in the front of the fire. We play at the beach with the cool breeze blowing in. We have played it at all kinds of family celebrations. Sometimes it is 4 players, other times we use double sets and play with 6 or more players.

We are sold on this game!! So when I was asked to review the entire BANANAGRAMS line I jumped at the chance. I received the original BANANAGRAMS game and the following additional games.

APPLETTERS (SPR: $14.95) was originally designed for younger players. It features three levels of play and that makes it perfect to entice children and amuse adults. The apple shaped pouch (a BANANAGRAM family trait) holds 110 ivory-like tiles. In addition to the game for younger players, there are two fun variations for adults: Apple Turnover and Applescore. I played the Applescore version, it is fun puzzle game forming pallindromes and semi-palindromes. Very fun!

PAIRS in PEARS (SRP: $14.95) is a word construction game for ages six and up. The pear shaped pouch holds four complete alphabet sets in four different designs. The game involves memory and helps with cognitive skills in learning patterns, vowels, vocabulary, rhyming and more. This one is such a fun game, but the learning part is there! If I were a teacher again, I would definitely use this in my class to help younger students. This would make a great addition to the home school supply closet. AND the benefit of all these games is that players are learning as they play and compete.

FRUITOMINOES (SRP: $12.95) is a fresh and fruity twist on the classic game of dominoes. Instead of connecting dots, the players connect fruit! There are 6 different fruit patterns on twenty-eight beautiful dominoes. The compact pouch makes this a great game to use when traveling with young or old!  Our family grew up playing dominoes with our grandparents, so I was thrilled to get this game and can’t wait to pass it on to my niece when I see her this spring.

ZIP-IT (SRP: $14.95) is a fast paced game for two players. My sister knows how much I love word games, so she gave this to me last year for Christmas. The game doesn’t take too long to play, which makes it perfect for traveling and the scoreboard is on the top of the pouch! So clever. Each player takes the 24 cubes and attempts to make a crossword with their cubes. The game includes a WEORDS dictionary of weird words that can win many word games! I also love that compact nature of this game, you can play it on your tray table when you fly or take a long drive.

One of the things that attracts me to this company is their humble beginnings. Abraham Nathanson was the inventor and founder of BANANAGRAMS, Inc. The  game is the result of his creative energy, his  passion for games and the help of his daughter and her children. His goal was a game that the family could play together – ALL ages at the same time. It had to be portable, simple and fast!

BANANAGRAMS has consistently won awards and accolades for its games. There is also a Bananagram app! Celebrities are quick to tweet and endorse their love of the game too! You can follow them via Twitter to catch what everyone is saying! There is also a fun BANANAGRAMS Facebook page. You can find pictures of theme word game grids and pictures like this one–showing the great lengths and heights people go to play their BANANAGRAMS. (check out the yellow bag attached to his belt)

Now for the good part—one of you can win the exact package I received…your own BANANAGRAMS, APPLETTERS, PAIRS in PEARS, FRUITOMINOES and ZIP-IT!! This giveaway is limited to those 18 and older in the United States. Please use the Rafflecopter form and enter to win this incredible game package. The contest closes at midnight on March 17, 2012. Winner will be selected by and will have 48 hours to respond via email or a new winner will be selected.

I received this BANANAGRAM package from BANANAGRAMS, INC and I agreed to review the products and host a giveaway for my readers. I did not receive any other compensation and was not asked to present a positive review. I really do like BANANAGRAMS-and if it is late at night, I may just be playing it now!!

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49 responses to Bananagrams and so much more! Review & Giveaway {3/17}

  1. jennifer cashin March 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Pairs in Pears looks fun and I have a 7 and 8 year old so they would love it too.

  2. I have always wanted to play bananagrams with my daughter, I think she’d love it!

  3. My son would love the fruitominoes LOL. Thanks for the giveaway. Found you on Drop My Alexa Blog Hop! from

  4. I’m most excited about Bananagrams! Haven’t played it yet!

  5. The FRUITOMINOES sound interesting, but they all look like fun.

  6. I absolutely love the facebook page picture gallery. What a hilarious and brilliant way to promote a product!

    (visiting from the blog hop)

  7. I have been meaning to try these games with my 8yo!

  8. Chester Greene March 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    These look like great gift ideas for my seven and nine year old daughters – maybe they will get them for Easter – thanks for the suggestions.

  9. I’m most excited about Pairs in Pears.

  10. They are look great…I’m really interested in the Bananagrams and Fruitominoes

  11. Bananagrams is a great game! I have wondered about some of the others, and have been tempted to buy them. It would be great to win them all! Thanks!

  12. I think the Appleletters would be a lot of fun for my daughter and I.

  13. Jessica Ledford March 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I think the FRUITOMINOES look neat!

  14. sarah rainwater March 5, 2012 at 1:17 AM


  15. christine jessamine March 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    i am most excited about pairs in pears

  16. BANANAGRAMS! I think my son would really enjoy it. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  17. Im excited about bananagrams, looks so fun!

  18. Lauren Garrett March 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I would love to play bananagrams with the hubby

  19. My daughters and I had the chance to play Bananagrams at a friend’s house once, and it was a blast! We would love to have it to play at home!

  20. Definitely bannanagrams!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  21. FRUITOMINOES would be what I most look forward to playing with my kids. We already love dominoes- so this would be awesome!

  22. JR Pickett (Vicki Vix on r/c form) March 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Nice giveaway. Thank you. I’m most excited about possibly winning ZIP-IT. Think this would be a blast to play with my sister.

  23. Diane Melendez March 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Gosh I like them all, but Zip it looks great to me.

  24. My kids loves games — some new games would make them very happy.

  25. BANANAGRAMS for sure!

  26. Zip-It loos really fun!

    winbigjenn at aol dot com

  27. I LOVE word games and would be excited for them all but mostly the original BANANAGRAMS.

  28. Douglas Houston March 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    BANANAGRAMS looks like a lot of fun

  29. bananagrams!

  30. Vicki Chrzanowski March 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Zip it…. I to love word games!!

  31. They all look great but most excited about BANANAGRAMS! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. I would love to try Appleletters and Pairs in Pears. My girls love games and letters. They would love to play any of the games though because dominoes is one of their favorite games.

  33. i like to try pairs in pears

  34. banana grams!my daughter has been wanting this.

  35. I LOVE bananagrams. love word games 🙂
    Tam S on rafflecopter

  36. PAIRS in PEARS sounds really fun!

  37. I think my kids are the perfect age to enjoy playing PAIRS in PEARS!

  38. bannanagrams

  39. Bananagrams looks fun!

  40. Most excited about FRUITOMINOES. Looks so cute, my kids would get a kick out of it!

  41. I really like the FRUITOMINOES because they are so different and will get them interested in dominoes!

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  42. Bananagrams I am most excited about trying. I have seen it at the store before and it looks cute.

  43. bummed I missed this one! I love all those games!
    Congrats to the winner!


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