Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bananagrams Offers Fun Word Games: Spotlight on Appleletters & Pairs in Pears

Bananagrams® grew out of a families love of playing word games together. Three generations of the Nathanson family poured their hearts and thoughts into creating a game that was competitive and fun that ALL AGES of the family could enjoy playing together. After marathon sessions playing, experimenting and perfecting their word game, Bananagrams® was born! The eldest of the Nathansons Abe declared, “This anagram game will drive you bananas!” – hence the name Bananagrams®! Since the creation of Bananagrams®, they have added several other games including – Appletters®, PAIRSinPEARS®, ZIP- IT® and Fruitominoes®. My family had the pleasure of playing both Appletters® and PAIRSinPEARS® and I am excited to share our experience with all of you!

I love my family so much and there's nothing I enjoy more than spending quality time with them. We are all word game addicts and couldn't wait to play Appletters® and PAIRSinPEARS®. The first thing we noticed was the adorable game cases! We just love that both games are stored in quality fruit shaped canvas bags. Compared to all the bulky boxes in our game closet, these compact apple and pear bags take up hardly any space. Plus, what kid wouldn't want to play a game that comes from such cute fruit?!

Appletters® continues to stick to the apple theme as you take turns adding letters to the head or tail of a word to create a word worm. The goal of the game is to be the first to use all of your letters. It is designed for ages 5+ and accommodates 1-4 players. Inside the apple, you will find a bag filled with letter tiles. These tiles are very nice quality and feel like tiny ceramic tiles.

My family had a fantastic time playing Appletters®. We enjoyed picking and discarding our tiles to the "core" (where all the tiles remain face down after handing out the initial starting tiles to each player) and creating our worm. The directions are really easy to follow and we loved that everything stayed within the apple theme. Not only is it a fun challenge, it really is a great game for promoting strategic thinking, improving concentration and developing spelling skills. We put a special twist to the game and teamed up in pairs to play boys against girls and then parents versus children. This is truly an excellent game for any age and we love it!

PAIRSinPEARS® focuses on word grids and offers two different games to play. The first game is where you race to make grids of two intersecting words and the first to finish their grids wins. The amount of grids and tiles depends upon the amount of players and this is the same for both games. The second game involves making your goal number of grids and then adding up the score for each letter along with any bonus points. The player with the most points wins. It is designed for ages 3+ and accommodates 1-4 players. Inside the pear you will find letter tiles that are a little larger and flatter than the Appletters® tiles and are still of the same fantastic quality.

Our family loves PAIRSinPEARS®. We had so much fun racing to make our grids. This game can go by really quickly, so we decided to tally up our wins and make it to where the winner would be the first one to win 10 matches. There are so many fun and wonderful variations you can put to these games, but even when playing it normally it is a ton of fun. The directions are short and easy to understand. The Nathanson Family sure does know how to come up with some fabulous games and we are true fans of the Bananagrams® family of games!

Appletters® and PAIRSinPEARS® are available for purchase on Amazon:

To find out more information about these fabulous games, please visit Bananagrams®.

Bananagrams® has provided a very generous prize for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. One lucky winner will receive both Appletters® and PAIRSinPEARS®. You may visit the giveaway by clicking here. Good Luck Sweet Friends! (ends 12/16/12)

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  1. They sound fun, educational, and brainy! =)

  2. I like that Pairs in Pears is a shorter game. My son has a hard time playing anything for too long. It would be perfect!

  3. These look like a lot of fun!

  4. i'd like to try these games with my kiddos

  5. I've tried several of their products, but haven't tried these yet. These really are fun. They also make great stocking stuffers.

  6. I can see my kids enjoying playing this!

  7. Bananagrams games look very fun. Thanks for the interesting and informative review!