Educational Play: Word Games With Bananagrams
I want it to be fun as it helps to keep him engaged and interested in learning, as so many children struggle out of boredom.
My First Bananagrams is a game which was designed to improve children’s vocabulary and is aimed at age 4+ so is perfect for Chunk. There’s also another version for families to play.
This version has colourful lower-case letters and double-sided tiles which were designed to make it easier for younger children to race to complete their word grids.
The letters come in a green, banana-shaped pouch and there’s 10 curriculum-based mini game ideas too. What I like about these games is that they become more challenging and advanced as you play more of them, so I can choose games to fit his current ability.
I really like this, because it’s a simple product but is versatile. Chunk loves sitting at his table rearranging the letters by colour, shape and of course looking for letters that are in his name.
As he becomes confident and he starts to learn more letters I know he will continue to enjoy using these and showing off all of the words he has been learning at school.
We sit together and I make words and we spell them out. He recognises quite a few letters already and enjoys working out which ones are in various friends and family members’ names.
I hope this game will aid the learning he will do in reception class and I will be able to gauge the level he is at to try to help him at home. I’m going to ask his teacher if there are any other games she wants us to do with the Bananagrams once he’s settled in too.
I especially like that the letters come in a handy zip-up pouch for storage, and that it’s all lightweight and doesn’t take up too much room!