Banangrams Fun for Everyone! #Review and #Giveaway

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Family Game Night is a big deal at our house. We rotate who gets to pick the night’s activities and it is a job that is taken with seriousness. In our many quests to find a new game we have admired the fruit shaped games in the aisle, however, it wasn’t until recently we actually played the games known as BANANAGRAMS.

It was terrific fun just looking at the clever packaging!

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The kiddos (and I) had no idea there were so many games from Banangrams! I let the kiddos pick which they wanted to start with and their choice was Appletters.

The Divine Miss M adds tiles to the Appletters
The Divine Miss M adds tiles to the Appletters

APPLETTERS (SPR: $14.95) : this game has tiles that you work like dominoes, connecting letter instead of dots. Conveniently packaged in an apple-shaped cloth pouch it’s designed for ages six and older.  They played it for over an hour, helping each other an doing their best to implement this week’s spelling words into the game.


Fruitominoes was their second choice and the game they tend to gravitate to most.

FRUITOMINOES (SRP: $12.95) think classic dominoes where instead of connecting dots, you connect fruit! Packaged in a zip up compact pouch, this game works well in our travel bag as it doesn’t take up much space.

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 PAIRS in PEARS (SRP: $14.95): I joined in for this word construction game. The game is packaged in a pear shaped pouch that holds four complete alphabet sets in four different designs. I thought it would be a cinch, turns out you gotta work FAST. The game is designed for ages six years and older. It involves memory and teaches learning patterns, vowels, vocabulary, rhyming and cognitive skills. The object is to make pairs of connecting words  in matching patterns.  The tiles are made in four distinct patterns. It took a bit of time for the kiddos to catch on, but when they did, the race was cuh-razy!

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ZIP-IT (SRP: $14.95): I love this game. It’s a two player game. It was my favorite. It moves LIKE LIGHTNING.  There’s a scoreboard inside the pouch so it’s very self-contained.  Each player takes the 24 tiles and tries to create a crossword. I had fun just reading the WEORDS dictionary of weird words that can give you the advantage in so many word games. Unfortunately, I am better at this game than my husband and now the slot for a new opponent is open!

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BANANAGRAMS (SRP: $14.95): It’s the original game that started the craze of these crossword-like games!  It scored Game of the Year at the Toy Fair in 2009 and after playing it once, we realized why. It’s fun!   One thing I learned is that ALL of bananagrams have an instructional video. Check out this one to see how to play the original, bananagrams:

I love that my family can all sit down and play a game together. It’s fun while educational. There’s variety and plenty of room for giggles during game play.

I suppose it was that simplicity, that all family members can play together, that gave Bananagrams their beginnings. Thanks to the creative passion, Abraham Nathanson, his daughter and her children created BANANAGRAMS, Inc. They wanted something portable and fast and that the family could play TOGETHER…ALL ages at the same time!

I’m just one of the many who have come to love these games. Consistently winning awards and accolades for their games, Bananagrams even has an app!

Stay in the loop with Banangrams by following them on Twitter or take a break from the fun on the table and check out the action on BANANAGRAMS Facebook page.

Ready for your own “fruity” fun? One Mommy’s Memorandum reader will win a Bananagrams Prize Pack that includes:

  • Bananagrams, the original
  • Appletters
  • Pairs in Pears
  • Fruitominoes
  • Zip It!

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  5. Rebecca Orr says

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    hey i feel great the weather is unusually warm for this time of year in maine i’m getting spring fever.

  7. Zinedine says

    Oh I am having a great day. The weather is fine, I had a good tasty breakfast and the work is going on perfectly.

  8. Stacey Copenhaver says

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  9. Leann Lindeman says

    I am doing well…. It is 8:00 am here in Kansas. I have been entering sweeps/giveaways since 6:30. lol

  10. Bobbie says

    Hi, I had a headache earler this morning but it has left me for now, so I feel pretty good. It is raining outside and so that is kinda cruddy but hey with the showers comes the flowers.

    Have a great day yourself,

  11. says

    we love family game nights! With kids 3 and 7 we are finally getting to be able to all play. Playing family games is as important as family dinner to me.

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