Get your daily serving of fruit takes on new meaning with the great games from Bananagram.
These fruits are not just for children. Aging brains need workouts too.
The fruit word game assortment includes Bananagrams, Appletters, and Pairs in Pairs.
It is a great word games for kids of all ages.
Appletters is similar to domino and is for ages six and up where players connect letters instead of dots.
Bananagrams is game similar to scrabble, but without the board.
With a total of 144 letter tiles, each player works independently to create their own crossword.
After a player has used up all their letters, all of the players must take a new tile from the pool.
When there are no more tiles to choose from, the first player who used up all the tiles in their hand wins.
Pairs in Pears is a portable, compact spelling game. Letter tiles are encased Inside a pear-shaped pouch featuring various designs (dots, lines, blank and solid).
It is a fun way for children to develop cognitive and memory skills while learning alphabetical order, word construction, consonants, and vowels, vocabulary, rhyming, etc.
My family has these games and they play themselves silly. It is great for mind exercise and most helpful for the children.
Here are the RULES FOR BANANAGRAMS
Place all 144 tiles face down on center of table.
These tiles are referred to as the “BUNCH”.
For games of 2-4 people, each player takes 21 letters from the bunch, keeping them face down.
For 5-6 players, 15 letters are taken. For 7-8 (or more) players, 11 letters are taken.
SO NOW THE GAME BEGINS!!!
Any one player says “SPLIT” whereupon all players turn their own tiles face up and proceed to form their OWN collection of connecting and intersecting words.
The words may be horizontal or vertical, reading left to right or top to bottom.
Each player may rearrange his/her own words as often as desired.
Players DO NOT take turns, but play independently of each other and at the same time.
When a player has none of his/her original letters left, that player says “PEEL” and takes a tile from the bunch.
At this point ALL OF THE OTHER PLAYERS MUST ALSO TAKE A TILE FROM THE BUNCH and add it to their collection of letters.
At any time, and as often as desired during play, any player may return a difficult-to-use letter back to the center of the BUNCH, face down, but MUST TAKE THREE LETTERS IN RETURN.
The player must declare this action to the other players by saying “DUMP”. This exchange does not affect the other players.
Play continues until there are fewer tiles in the BUNCH than there are players. The first player with no remaining letters shouts “BANANAS” and is the winner of that hand.
The other players may now inspect the winning hand for misspelled or incorrect words.
Proper nouns are not acceptable.
Any available dictionary may be used.
If all words are acceptable, that player is the WINNER OF THAT HAND.
If any word in the “winning” hand is found to be unacceptable, that player becomes the “Rotten Banana” and is OUT OF THAT HAND, and must return his/her letters, face down to the center bunch and the game now resumes for the remaining players.
For those who want to play a more relaxed game
All tiles are placed face down on the table.
The letters are divided equally among the players, remaining face down.
Players then play the regular BANANAGRAMS game, but there is no “peeling” or “dumping”.
The first player to use all his/her letters shouts “BANANAS” and is the winner of the hand.
If the game ends in a stalemate, the player with the fewest remaining letters is the winner.
You can even play it by yourself – BANANA SOLITAIRE
Place all letters down on center of table.
Take 21 letters and proceed to play the game.
Only peel when needed.
Try to beat your own best time in using all 144 letters, or try making as few words to use all 144 letters.
This can be a relaxing way of honing your Bananagrams skills.