My First Bananagrams – Review

My First Bananagrams is a variation of the original Bananagrams game, designed to make the game simple for younger players from age 4 upwards.  With a variety of games and activities that the tiles can be used for, children can learn whilst having fun and playing educational games.

bananagrams-2The tiles come in a simple zip up banana shaped bag.  This is really useful and keeps all the pieces together for storage.  It also opens nice and widely so that it’s easy for little fingers to help tidy away at the end of play.bananagrams-3The Bananagrams set comprises of 80 high quality single tiles and 13 combination tiles.  There are brightly coloured and differently coloured to help younger children recognise their letters.  Therefore letters such as p’s, b’s and d’s will always be different colours.  The letters are all small letters which are what preschool children learn to recognise first and the tiles also have a small line at the bottom to identify which way up the tile should go. Vowels are also easily seen by being coloured yellow.

bananagrams-4Both my children aged 5 and 8 were eager to have a play and we started with some simple letter recognition ideas that we found on the instruction sheet such as finding the letters in your name, finding each letter of the alphabet and making small little rhyming words such as cat and mat.  We then had a go at the main game, although gave Mister B some assistance being the youngest.  He was really good at finding words, he just needed a little help to link them together.

bananagrams-5The game is a race to use up all your letters and you can have unlimited swaps from the centre.  It is fast paced and fun and get’s everyone excited and competitive during play.  Of course you can slow things down for younger players and even help them to maintain their motivation to play with letters.

A fun game that all the family can join in with or little ones can explore the letters and make words on their own.  The game is available from Amazon and other toy retailers.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.








Bananagrams Game – Review

Bananagrams is a fun, quick paced crossword building game that can be enjoyed by both children aged 7+ and adults.  The game consists of 144 high quality letter tiles in a handy zip up banana shaped bag.


The object of the game is to use up all your letters by constructing them in a crossword format and the first one to do so is declared the winner!  I love the banana associated words used during play such as “split” to start the game, “peel” to pick up another letter, “dump” to change a letter and “bananas” when you have completed your crossword.

bananagrams1Miss M is 6, but a confident reader and writer, and was particularly eager to play the game.  We each picked our 21 letters and began to create words.  I was really impressed at the words Miss M produced, some not valid, but i saw this as a great educational game for her to boost her learning, in particular spellings.  I didn’t play a race game with her but just played with an aim to use up our letters.

Bananagrams has really encouraged Miss M to think of words and how she can join them together.  Also her spelling has been tested, although I was impressed with how well she did – her writing isn’t usually so well spelt!

bananagrams2Bananagrams is a compact game when packed away which makes it great for travelling.  I also love the fact that anyone can play the game and the rules can be adapted to suit the age range of the player or the situation.   For Miss M we just played with the 21 tiles and tried to complete a crossword, but when the chidren were in bed, my husband and I enjoyed a full game of Bananagrams using all the letters from the banana bag!

bananagrams3This is a fun game with durable pieces that I envisage having many years of play from.  I think as the children get older they’ll use it to play against each other and we can have family fun playing together.

Bananagrams is a fun little game, simple yet one that you can happily play again and again.  There are lots of other fun games in the range too such as Appletters, Fruitominoes as well as jumbo versions of each game which are all being tested out as part of the Rainbow Awards.  Why not check them out?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write the review.