Big Letter Bananagrams
The elderly and the very young have many needs in common: naps, easy access to a bathroom, frequent meals, and now Big Letter Bananagrams. Offering greater visibility for those with visual impairments, the Big Letter Bananagrams tiles are 50% larger than those in the regular Bananagrams set and have a bold, easily-discernible, higher-contrast font. This makes it is easier for your preschooler to find matching tiles, locate a particular letter, or, to challenge his auditory memory, find a short series of letters.
Turn the tiles over and play a memory game, or put the tiles in alphabetical order. Once you get started, you will be astonished at all that you can do with Big Letter Bananagrams, but if you are stumped, check out our Preschool handbook for our favorite games to play with Big Letter Bananagrams. Big Letter Bananagrams can also be used in the same way as its diminutive cousin, as an educational word game requiring no pencil, paper, or bulky board. Big Letter Bananagrams' simple, parallel play lets every member of the family play at his own level. There are many ways to play, from high-adrenaline strategy to relaxing solitaire, and Big Letter Bananagrams does all that. Big Letter Bananagrams features 144 tiles packaged in a yellow banana-shaped cloth tote bag.
Time To Play: 30 minutes or less
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
review by The Coulter Coop
Morgan shares some great ideas for using the Big Letter Bananagrams with young children who can't yet read on her YouTube channel.
These tiles are great!! We work on ABC order, finding letters, and my oldest uses them to build words! The options are limitless!
Our whole family enjoys our Bananagrams! My preschoolers like to use them in sensory bins or match them. The first grader likes to play "mystery word" where I give him the letters for a 3-4 letter word and he figures out what it is. Sometimes he comes up with other words that use the same tiles. My older kids like to play the game using the normal game play.
I'm not a fan of the actual game, Bananagrams. I was intrigued how it would go using it as a learning tool. My son and I have used them on and off throughout this year of school to varying degrees of success. I think the best thing about this being included in the curriculum is the fact that these tiles will be useful for years to come. We have only just begun to get the most out of them after 7 months of school.
I was skeptical about how this would be good for an almost 4 yo. I was wrong. She loves it. I spell her name and then she tries to find the letters and copy it. It has really helped her with her name recognition.
My three year-olds were interested in these at first, but after a couple of times they didn't want much to do with them. We tried playing different games but they still showed no interest. I put them up and have decided to save them for when they are older.