I recently purchased the Bananagrams game after reading about it in the media, so I thought I'd post a review. As usual the children were excited when the Amazon parcel was delivered, and to my delight, that excitement was not short lived. Ok, now you maybe wondering what all the excitement was about, I mean it does remind you of scrabble; there are similarities. Both are a game of building words with tiles, but the twist is as follows; firstly, there is no board (which makes its compact, easy to carry and great to take with you when on holidays or on that trip to Grannies for the weekend. The other major difference being each player builds their own individual 'grid' of words, it is this particular feature that makes it ideal for playing with young children. Players are also able to rearrange their grid as often as they like.
Both my sons, (aged 8 and 10) were never really interested in Scrabble, but they thoroughly enjoyed this game. I think what appealed to them is the fact they can concentrate on building their own grid of words, so their mind is constantly working, instead of waiting for the next player to take their turn - which can often put some kids off. The game really does challenge your mind to think in much more critical way. You can move your tile around and change your words so it really is a good problem solving game, for example when you have a few letters that just won't fit, you can start your grid again.
I definitely give this game a full 10 out of 10, and recommend it to parents of all ages, our four year old even attempted her own CVC words!
And to top it off I won!