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Jumbo Bananagrams

Jumbo Bananagrams

Spring 2013 Games
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: Bananagrams
Price: $44.95

When our Jumbo Bananagrams arrived, everyone was eager to give it a try. Just like the original game, this set contains 144 letters neatly packed into a banana-shaped bag. The only difference here is that the letters are printed on 3" by 3" tiles, and the banana-shaped bag is nearly two feet long. Players use the letters to form their own crosswords and compete to see who can use all of their letters first. Multiple variations of the game are suggested, making this suitable for a crowd of up to 8 players or fun for solo play. The game can also easily be adapted for beginning spellers.

The Jumbo version takes the already terrific premise of the game a couple of steps further by making the pieces in a size easily manipulated by younger children. Spreading a crossword puzzle across the floor is not only educational, but great fun for kids' parties or classroom use. Additionally, these tiles are water-resistant, making them perfect for outdoor family activities, like a day at the beach or the campground. This is a must-have for word game lovers looking for portable, durable and entertaining fun.

Jessica Hensley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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