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 Random.org 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!!