Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Monkey around with Bananagrams

Travel plans are in full swing right now with our visit to Greece less than four weeks away. One of the troubles faced by parents when travelling with children is how to keep them occupied on long journeys, or indeed finding things to do if the weather is less than ideal when you get to your destination (touch wood that this is not the case for us - I have all of my hopes pinned on a lovely week away in the sunshine so fingers crossed...) and Bananagrams have just the thing with their all new WildTiles portable word game.

To play, you place all of the tiles facing downwards (or you can just keep them in the bag if you're travelling) and each player takes a certain number of tiles dependant on how many players you have. Any player calls "split" and all players turn their own tiles face up and form their own crossword grid. Words may be horizontal or vertical, reading left to right or top to bottom. There's no need to take turns, opponents all work on their own grids at the same time and may rearrange their words as often as they'd like.

A WildTile can be used as any letter but it must be used as part of a word and can only represent one letter at a time, and when rearranged can be changed to a new letter. When a player has used all of their tiles in a grid, that player calls "peel" and takes a tile from the bunch (from the pile or bag). At this point all other players must also take a tile from the bunch. Play continues until there are fewer tiles remaining in the bunch than there are players, and the first player to use all of their tiles in a grid calls "bananas!" & is the winner, aka the 'top Banana'. This game is a handy educational tool to help kids with their spelling and word recognition as well as being great fun for the whole family.

A new arrival to the UK, Bananagrams WildTiles is a game requiring no paper, pencils or board - just the banana shaped pouch containing 150 tiles and of course a little brain power. Available to purchase from John Lewis and online at, Bananagrams WildTiles has an RRP of £16.99 and is suitable for ages 7 years+. To find out more about the game and to watch the video visit or visit their website

We received a complimentary Bananagrams WildTiles game for review purposes. All opinions are our own.

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