I have to admit what everyone in my family already knows: I love words and word games. When my kids were small, I taught them how to play Scrabble and Boggle. They learned cheerfully. As they grew, however, I gradually suspected that they were playing the game just to please me. Playing any board games together is a great way to promote family togetherness. But sometimes it becomes important to spark a little life into an old theme. Lots of new games have been created to slip in beside some of the old faithfuls to enrich your family's literacy experience.
If you are like me and want your children to enrich their lives with words and puzzles, you may be interested to know that great as the game of Scrabble is, you don't have to stop there. More word games are introduced each year for the word lovers among us. Many of these word games will be great aids for children learning how to read. But these word games are not just for children. Adults and teens will enjoy playing these word games, too.
Banana-grams was given awards in 2009 as best game of the year. Since then the creators of Banana-grams, along with master puzzle maker Joe Edley, have come up with several books which take the Banana-gram theme and expand on it.
The beauty of Banana-grams is its portability. The tiles -- similar to those you would find in a Scrabble game -- are zipped into their own banana-shaped case that you can tuck into a back pack or a purse and take along with you on your travels. If you would prefer a book instead of the tiles, now you can choose from several Banana-grams books, each with original word puzzles to challenge your word skills. The puzzles are grouped by their level of difficulty by the number of bananas in the top right corner of each page. Easy word puzzles have one banana, more challenging puzzles have two or three bananas, and the most challenging word puzzles have four bananas. These banana designations are a fun way to determine whether each puzzle fits your mood. Truth is, sometimes we may be in the mood for a quick puzzle and would be more likely to choose a one banana. Even these one banana word puzzles are worth doing by expert word fashioners on occasions when they have limited time or energy to invest in the activity.
Comments: Do You Have a Favorite Word Game?
Meagan, I bought the Zip-it game for one of my sons for Christmas. It can be even faster moving than Bananagrams. Instead of tiles, you have cubes with a letter on each side, so you can flip them around, finding letters to make words.
Because stealing each other's tiles is part of the game, Snatch-it sounds as if it's fast, too.
We also have Quiddler, which is more of a card game. It can go pretty quickly. I've played with a seven-year-old before, and I wasn't at much of an advantage as short words are as good as longer ones. That makes it a fun game to play as a family.
I am an absolute Bananagrams addict! I've been this way since it was given to me about 4 years ago and suspect there is no hope of a cure :) It is a million times better than Scrabble in my book! I had no idea there were other fruity word games in the set - intriguing. Are they are fast paced as Bananagrams?
We always played those two games, too, Lou. I like the portability of Bananagrams and Zip-it and Appletters. They still have that sensual quality of holding the tiles.
I love word games, I grew up playing scrabble and my daughter and I also enjoy playing boggle - I really should try bananagrams as I've heard lots of positive feedback about it.
good ideas for Christmas...