{Giveaway!} Going Bananas for Bananagrams Games – Frugal Novice

{Giveaway!} Going Bananas for Bananagrams Games

Brian and I LOVE playing games – we have a whole armoire filled with them, and started our collection back in college. At Christmas, we both got each other Bananagrams for a stocking gift, because my friend Amber and her husband introduced us to it a while back and we loved it! It’s a great game for two or more players, and we actually rang in the New Year playing Bananagrams!

So, of course I was really excited when I got the chance to review the whole slew of games from Bananagrams! We decided to have a game night with our friends and try out the Pairs in Pears & Appletters games since we hadn’t tried them before.

PAIRSinPEARS  is a word construction game for ages six and up where players race to make pairs of connecting words in matching patterns.  PAIRSinPEARS comes in a pear-shaped cloth pouch, containing four full alphabet sets in four beautiful distinct patterns.  The game provides educational fun for children learning vowels and consonants, alphabetical order, word construction and pattern recognition.

At first it sounded like this would be too easy to me, but once we started playing and I realized how quickly you had to work to complete your pairs, we had a lot of fun with it. It did take us a little while to figure out the rules…

But then we realized Bananagrams has videos for each of their games explaining how to play. I really love that feature! I think it’d be great if they included QR codes on instructions so people could go straight to the videos with their smart phones.

From a design perspective, I think the tiles for this game are pretty! Love the different patterns:

We also played Appletters:

APPLETTERS is a domino-like game for ages six and up where players connect letters in lieu of dots.  The game comes in an apple-shaped cloth pouch containing 110 ivory-like tiles.  In addition to the version for a younger audience, the game also includes instructions for more adult play – APPLE TURNOVER™ for an extra challenge and APPLESCORE™ for word lovers who like to keep score.

We liked this game, but it did seem a little similar to Bananagrams with some extra features (like the turnover option). There was also the added challenge of only being able to build your word on the last tile played. Overall we enjoyed it!

We also got to review Zip It! I love that this game is for two players, because it’s something Brian and I can play on our own. And it is QUICK, so you can fit in a game quickly and easily! Since the games are packaged in little pouches, they’re all easy to bring along with you.

The last game we got was Fruitominoes, which is a twist on classic dominoes by adding fruits to the design.  The boys think this is SO fun, and it’s especially great for little ones like C – they’re too young to do a whole lot of counting, but it’s easy to see that pears match up with pairs, for example.

Guess what?! You can win your own set of delicious fun…

One lucky reader will win an entire set of Banagrams games, which includes Bananagrams, Pairs in Pears, Appletters, Zip It, and Fruitominoes! This giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Wednesday, March 28. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite fruit is and which game you’re most excited to try!

(Only valid after the required entry has been completed)

Please leave a comment for each extra entry – if you blog about this giveaway and get 2 entries, for example, comment 2 times.

Note: Bananagrams provided the games for us to review and is providing games for the giveaway. All opinions in this post are honest and are those of me, my friends and family. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

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  • Carrie Zollman March 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    My favorite fruit is a banana. My daughter loves bananagrams,they play at school! I “like” Bananagrams and Frugal Novice on FB

  • Amber Rader March 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The zip-it game looks interesting. I’m glad we inspired y’all with bananagrams…oh, my favorite fruit is probably grapes :)

  • Andrea March 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I love ALL fruit. Cgerries sound great right now. I’d love to try the apple game!

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  • La Shae March 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    My favorite fruit are mangos and I would like to try the Bananagrams game. I think it will help my kids with spelling as they get older.

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  • Bethany March 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I love strawberries and nectarines. I would like to try any of them with Abbey! She likes Scrabble Jr and Boggle so I am looking forward to playing more word games with her.

  • Bethany March 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    And I like you on FB.

  • Bethany March 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    And I think I just signed up for the newsletter… I want these games!

  • Amy Smith March 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

    favorite fruit is strawberry — would love to win these games for my homeschooled son

    bananagrams looks so fun!

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  • Stacey Copenhaver March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Strawberries & Bananas ..PAIRS in PEARS looks like it would fun for the whole family

  • Stacey Copenhaver March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    following Bananagrams on Twitter

  • Stacey Copenhaver March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    like Bananagrams on FB

  • Alyssa March 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I LOVE watermelon!! I’d love to try the apple game- looks fun!

  • Alyssa March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I like bananagrams on facebook

  • Alyssa March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I like banangrams on facebook (second comment)

  • Alyssa March 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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    I receive your updates also :]

  • Alyssa March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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  • J Winterberg March 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite fruit is the cherimoya (or custard apple), which is hard to come by but so delicious! And the game I’m most excited to try is the original Bananagrams! I just had someone mention this to me two days ago, so seeing it here described was great! :)

  • Alyssa March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I shared this post on my facebook wall- I really hope I win this!

  • Lana March 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I love bananas, but they don’t always love me.

    I really like Fruitominoes for my granddaughters as well as all the other games.

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  • Ann F March 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Bananas are my favorite fruit. I eat on every day!

    I would like to play play Bananagrams the most

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  • Tari Lawson March 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    My favorite fruit is raspberries.
    I would like to try the Zip It game.

  • Stacey Copenhaver March 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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  • Kathy S March 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    My favorite fruit is oranges. I’d love to try Banagrams.

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  • Paula Tavernie March 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Id like to play Apple Letters and my favorite fruit is seedless Green Grapes!

    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  • Paula Tavernie March 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Liked Banana Grams on Face Book!

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  • Diane Baum March 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I love green grapes and my fave game is zip it

  • Erica C. March 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Bananas are my favorite and I think Bananagrams would be our favorite. I love word games!

  • tamar March 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Cantaloupe or grapes and I want to try BANANAGRAMS!! I love word games.

  • tamar March 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    @tamarsw follows Bananagrams on Twitter already ;) (1 of 2)

  • tamar March 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    @tamarsw follows Bananagrams on Twitter already ;) (2 of 2)

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