Games Kids Play and Don’t Realize They’re Learning

August 31, 2010

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I’m always on the look-out for fun educational games, since I hate buying toys that will just increase our clutter and never get picked up.

I thought I’d share a fun one our family has been enjoying: 

This game, Banangrams, comes with a slick little banana-shaped zipping bag to hold all the pieces.  Score one for easy clean-up!

It’s also fun for all ages that can spell – kid up to adult.  And it’s easy to give adults a handicap by giving them more letters to start with, or having them take two tiles each time, instead of one.

So, the game is played with everyone starting with a pile of letter tiles and and trying to form them into a Scrabble/Crossword Puzzle type grid.  As soon as one player has used up all his tiles, he yells “Peel” and everyone has to grab another tile.  This continues until the tiles are gone and whoever finishes first wins! (with correct words – or you’re out)

So, if you’re looking for a gift idea (about $12) or a way to spice up your spelling practice, you’ll love this game.

Do you have other suggestions for good educational games that your kids love?  I’m always on the look out!


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7 Comments so far

  1. docmisty October 12, 2010 8:45 am

    Great idea about combining sets for bigger groups. I’ll have to watch for it on sale and get another.


  2. marcia at Child in Harmony October 12, 2010 6:58 am

    We all LOVE Bananagrams ! Adults and kids and teens play, and even the little toddlers and preschoolers like to line up the letters and talk about them.

    It’s a big hit among the adults and teens at a hs conference we attend each August.

    We have a couple of them that we add together when we have more people playing …and all my big kids will get them for gifts this year too!

    happy day!

  3. docmisty October 11, 2010 3:07 pm


    This is much faster and more fun than Scrabble – for me anyway. We had a group of homeschool moms sitting at a table at a park this summer playing round after round while the kids played. It was easy for a mom to join or leave, since a round lasted only a few minutes. Fun for any age that can spell.

    You can also ‘handicap’ the adults by making them take 2 tiles every turn instead of 1 – or have the older kids/adults start with more tiles than the younger. Very versatile.

    P.S. I appreciate anyone who buys on Amazon by clicking on my links – I get a small commission back. Thanks!!

  4. Cheryl October 11, 2010 11:18 am

    A friend was just telling me about Bananagrams this weekend. Is this a sign? I strongly dislike scrabble, perhaps this will be a good alternative.
    Thanks for the review! I love games for education.

  5. docmisty October 11, 2010 9:25 am

    True Nadene. I forgot about the extra math. I have to admit, though, I don’t like Scrabble so much because it takes soooo long. Ok, maybe it’s just my engineer husband who takes so long for a turn, we’ve had to get a timer out. 🙂 BananaGrams is more my style since rounds only last a few minutes at a time. I like Boggle for that reason, too.

    Thanks for commenting!


  6. Nadene October 11, 2010 6:12 am

    What fun! A great idea. Scrabble has an added maths component – add the letter values and triple scores! 🙂

  7. Jimmie September 29, 2010 10:20 am

    I’d like to have these, but we just raid the Scrabble game when we need letter tiles. 😉

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