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April 14, 2015 3 min read

The Bananagrams Game is great fun for school aged children and is ideal for training vocabulary building and phonological awareness.

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Number of Players: 1 – 8

Ages: 7+

Target : Teaches vocabulary and the letter tiles can be used for writing any word in the English language. Great for teaching kids cognitive and language skills.

How Bananagrams Game is Played

Bananagrams game is an entertaining learning tool to use in Speech Therapy. In this game children are rewarded for speed and flexibility when making their own crosswords. No pencil, paper or board is required, which makes it easy to take this game with you anywhere.

There are no special tiles or tiles with letters with special points like in scrabble. All tiles are worth the same. You can pull apart your crossword, start from scratch or exchange letters.

The winner is the player who used all of his/her letter tiles first.

The Banagrams Game contains 144 letter tiles. To play the game, the letter tiles are put on the table facing down. Each player draws an equal amount number of tiles, depending on how many players participate in the game. For example, two to four players receive 21 tiles each. Five to six players get 15 tiles each.

Bananagrams Game - for Speech Therapy

The game starts as soon as all players have drawn their tiles and the first person calls out: “Split!”. That’s when the players turn over their tiles and start creating words.

The words must connect to each other like in a crossword puzzle. Players can rearrange their letters and words as often as they like. They can even take out letters they already placed, add them somewhere else and add another letter to the old word, as long as the old as well as the new word still make sense.

Bananagrams Game - for Speech Therapy

If a letter is drawn that can’t be placed, the player may exchange this letter with three new ones. The person who uses up all his/her letters first exclaims: “Bananas!”. The other players then examine all the words of this player for legality ( if that word can be found in a dictionary). If all the words check out, the player is declared the winner.

Using the Bananagrams Game in Speech Therapy

1. Vocabulary Development and Spelling

The Bananagrams game encourages children to build and put together words quickly and correctly. It is an entertaining and educational game for any child, even a beginning speller.

Bananagrams Game - for speech therapy

The age guide given on the box says 7+, however younger children with basic spelling skills will enjoy this game as well. You can reduce the amounts of letter tiles you work with or make it less competitive by taking the time element out and simply enjoying putting words together no matter how long it takes. You can also give bonus points, for example, for the longest or most creative word.

2. Reading and Phonological Awareness

The Bananagrams game invites children to spell, read and sound out the words they have just created.Bananagrams Game - for Speech Therapy They are also encouraged to read and check the other players’ words. Thus, this game enables children to practice and self-correct their own reading and writing, and add to their vocabulary by learning from their fellow players.

Now you know all there is to know about the game – you are ready to play. Have fun!