Monday, 6 August 2012

Bananagrams - a review

Bananagrams - A Review

We were recently sent a game of Bananagrams and Pairs in Pears to review.

My son is three and can not read yet but he knows his letters so he had fun playing with the letters and organising them into different patterns. I think he is still a bit small for the actual game. I would recommend that if you have children under four then you buy the Fruitominoes, they look fantastic for small children.
Bananagrams is great and my husband and I have really enjoyed playing it! It is so easy to transport and will be coming with us camping and also to France in a few weeks time. I love that you don't have to add everything up like you do in other games. It is quite simply whoever uses up their tiles first wins. I am a bit rubbish at longer words so I might have to read the dictionary more often!

What they say

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.


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!

Good points
Really makes your brain work.
Great easy games which are challenging and competitive. I love that you don't have all the faff of scoring that you do with other similar games.

Easy to take with you. No board needed, just the game. I really love the simplicity of the games.

They can be enjoyed by such a vast age range.

The website is brilliant and has helpful tutorials on how to play the games.

Bad points
The scorecard unfortunately broke when my son tried to do the scoring. If you were careful with it then it would be fine but you could always use paper if it does break. However, I understand that the scorecard is no longer included with the game so this should not be a problem. 

Would I buy it?

Absolutely. I think they are great games which encourage reading, thinking and a little bit of competition. The majority of the games are aimed at older children but that does not mean younger children cannot enjoy them too.

You can have a look at the Bananagrams website and purchase the games here.

Prize Draw

I have a set of Appleletters to give away. This is a 'strategic game of lettered tiles, packed in an apple pouch' You can form snakes of words, adding new words to the first or last letter of the snake. The first player to use all of their tiles wins. 

You can also play other games with Appletters, including Applescore and Apple Turnover. It is a great game and fun for all the family. To be in with a chance of winning, please enter via Rafflecopter below.

Terms and conditions
I will notify the winner within two days of the end of the draw.
The prize is a set of Appleletters which will be sent out by myself to the winner within two days of the end of the draw.
The prize draw closes at 12.01am EST on 20/08/12 UK entries only please

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I was sent these games to review and was allowed to keep them. This in no way had any effect on the review. I will always write honestly about a product.


  1. I love the look of these games, I think my lot would live them. I would love to win the game as I think it would bad fantastic game to carry around when we go out and about!

  2. my nephew is struggling a little with his vocabulary, and this looks like a really fun way to develop his use of words

  3. I'd love to win this game because my son is just starting to learn his letters and this looks like a fun way to encourage him!

  4. I would love a set of Appleletters for those quiet bonding moments with my grandchildren. They are just at the age of being fascinated with letters and learning to put them together.

  5. This would be FB for my son, he's going into year one insert and would help with making words :)

  6. I'd love to win one as my son loves letters and is always adking me to spell random words all day long!

  7. My oldest started school last year so this would help him greatly with his spelling x

  8. I love playing word games with the kids as it really helps them with spelling

  9. Me & hubby love playing words games (although he gets overly competitive!) and the children are now starting to get interested in words games, especially now that the 5yo can read and spell

  10. I work in a primary school so this game would be fab to use in school xxx

  11. Would love to win as it's such a fun way of learning letters and spelling etc.

  12. grandson is being home schooled this year and this will help with his education

  13. ...because I really need my son to understand the difference between letters and lettuce!

  14. Looks like a fun game and I like the fact the letters have a pouch to be tidied away in.

  15. my daughter would love it and it would be a great family game

  16. My children are just getting into games like this so would be great to try @MummyFever

  17. my son is just starting to spell so this would be a great help - (also me and the other half would have a crack at it :)

  18. would be great for my daughter. we could play together to help her with her spelling and letter sounds

  19. I would love to win the game as I think it would bad fantastic game to carry around when we go out to friends and family

  20. I'd love to win because my little boy is a games addict! He'd be thrilled with this!

  21. I am teaching my 3 year old to read so this would come in very handy!

  22. Was having dinner with friends last night and we were discussing how hard it is to try to explain things to our children, this looks like a great, fun and educational way of teaching x

  23. These look great I love to win them for my niece x


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