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February 24, 2012 / mommylok

Playing with Fruits, It’s Good for the Mind – Award-Winning Games Giveaway

Last year, my kids’ school incorporated a “Let the games begin!” theme into every class – which I thought was brilliant.  3 times a week, kids in every classroom would spend about 15-20 minutes playing fun (but educational) games.  I thought it was a great way to get kids stimulated in an engaging manner.  In our electronic age, many kids miss out on the opportunity to play games that require other human interaction.  The strategies you learn and skills you develop are very different by nature for table-top games vs. electronic ones.

I am personally addicted to word games. Quite honestly, the only reason why I joined Facebook (years ago!) was because my brother and sister lured me in with a competitive game of Lexulous (very similar to Scrabble).  I still religiously play with my sister!


Bananagrams recently approached me with the opportunity to feature their award-winning games.  When I learned more about what type of games they were, I couldn’t turn them down – not only because I love word games but also because I’m a big proponent of children playing brain-stimulating games.  Also, they have the most irresistible packaging!  The games are travel-ready, convenient, containable (a huge plus in a parent’s mind!) and just delicious!  Keep reading below for more information about each of these games.  Bananagrams wanted you to judge how awesome these games are yourself, so they are generously offering one lucky reader a chance to win a set of their games – not just one but all 5!


To win a complete set of the 5 Bananagrams games (Bananagrams, Appletters, Pairs in Pears, Zip-It and Fruitominoes), please simply leave a comment below sharing which of the Bananagrams games you’d like to add to your family game night!  (This is a mandatory entry-this must be completed before any additional entries count).

Additional Entries (leave a separate comment for each option below indicating you’ve completed the step; all entries will be verified for eligibility):

– Subscribe to my blog via the “Sign me up!” button on the right (one entry)

– Like Bananagrams on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall sharing which Bananagrams game you’d love to make a part of your family game night – your comment must include a link to this giveaway: (three entries; must leave 3 separate comments below with a link to your wall post-each comment counts as an entry)

– Follow @mommylok and @Bananagrams on Twitter and tweet about your favorite Bananagrams game!  Your tweet must mention @mommylok and @Bananagrams and include the link to this giveaway: (once a day; must leave a comment below with a link to your tweet)

This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents 18 years and older.  Giveaway will end on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:00pm EST  – comments submitted after that will not count.  One lucky winner will be selected randomly by and be notified via e-mail; winner must respond within 48 hours or a new one will be selected.  Good luck!

BANANAGRAMS® (SRP: $14.95) named Toy Fair 2009’s “Game of the Year’,” is a fast and fun anagram game that drives players bananas!  Requiring no pencil, paper or board, Bananagrams comes in a small portable banana shaped pouch and is perfect fun for kids from 7 – 97 years-old, at home or on the go.  Created by a word game-obsessed family of three generations (National Geographic Kids – A Family Goes Bananas and Creates Their Own Game!), Bananagrams is a labor of love that that has quickly become an international phenomenon.  Bananagrams is available online as a free Facebook Application and on the iPad™, iPhone™ and iTouch™ as well as in a series of books. Bananagrams recently launched in Spanish, Hebrew, French, Italian, Norwegian and German as well as in a larger version – DOUBLE Bananagrams, the big banana for the larger bunch (for 16+ players)!
PAIRSinPEARS® (SRP: $16.95) is a word construction game for ages six and up where players race to make pairs of connecting words in matching patterns.  PAIRSinPEARS comes in a pear-shaped cloth pouch, containing four full alphabet sets in four distinct designs.  The game provides a great way for children to develop memory and cognitive skills while learning the alphabet, pattern recognition, vowels, vocabulary, rhyming and more.
Appletters® (SRP: $16.95) was originally designed with younger players in mind and features three levels of play to amuse children and challenge adults.  The game comes in an apple-shaped cloth pouch containing 110 ivory-like tiles.  In addition to the version for a younger audience, the game also includes instructions for more adult play – APPLE TURNOVER™ for an extra challenge and APPLESCORE™ for word lovers who like to have fun with palindromes and semi-palindromes.
ZIP-IT® (SRP: $ 14.95) is a two-player crossword race that can be played anytime, anywhere in as little as 20 seconds.  For players ages seven and up, Zip-It features 24 high-quality letter cubes packaged in a unique cloth pouch with scoring zippers.  The ability to play compactly on an airplane or train tray make ZIP-IT the ultimate travel game.  Jumbo ZIP-IT was recently named one of the 2012 “Best in Play” toys from this year’s NY’s American International Toy Fair by Parenting.
Fruitominoes® (SRP: $12.95), for players ages five and up, features 28 beautifully crafted dominoes in a compact pouch.  It’s a fresh, fruity and colorful twist to the classic game of dominoes.

For more information about these games (including instructions), how Bananagrams got started or to see all the awards Bananagrams has won, please visit

Disclosure:  I received samples of games for review.  No other compensation was received for this post/giveaway.   All opinions expressed are my own.



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  1. KC / Feb 24 2012 1:33 PM

    Appleletters and Paris in Pears seem like interesting games. I have 3 kids, so I am always looking for different ways to entertain and educate my kids at the same time. Since these games are award-winning, it’s an added plus.

  2. Ryan Morrison / Feb 24 2012 2:16 PM

    Zip-It looks really great, my wife and I have six kids at home and although the rest of the games will be great family fun I think Zip It would be great for her and I to play together if we ever get 5 minutes alone 😀

  3. ShootingStarMag (@ShootingStarMag) / Feb 24 2012 2:36 PM

    I’d like to add Banagrams!!

  4. Joanne Schultz / Feb 24 2012 2:56 PM

    Bananagrams has always sounded great! That’s the one I’d like the most!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Joanne Schultz / Feb 24 2012 3:04 PM

    ok, this time I did include the link for your giveaway:

  6. Joanne Schultz / Feb 24 2012 3:04 PM
  7. Joanne Schultz / Feb 24 2012 3:06 PM
  8. Joanne Schultz / Feb 24 2012 3:06 PM

    i follow @mommylok and @Bananagrams on twitter – js22222222 .

  9. Margaret Smith / Feb 24 2012 4:17 PM

    I’m a subscriber

  10. joy / Feb 24 2012 4:53 PM

    banagram would be great for my children to carry along where ever they go!

  11. MJ / Feb 24 2012 8:43 PM

    These games will be good for our kids when we go away on vacation.

  12. coliebear / Feb 24 2012 10:32 PM

    I have younger children so they would enjoy the appleletters.

  13. Bicultural Mama / Feb 25 2012 12:15 AM

    I would like to try the standard Bananagrams. I like Scrabble-type games, too!

  14. Paula Tavernie / Feb 25 2012 3:52 PM

    The Apple Letters look fun, I would like to play it!

  15. LeAnn V / Feb 25 2012 8:00 PM

    We got our Bananagrams game at Christmas and love it!!! We’d love to the Pairs in Pears next!!

  16. LeAnn V / Feb 25 2012 8:01 PM

    I’m an email subscriber.

  17. tamra childers / Feb 26 2012 9:47 AM

    i think my son would enjoy apple letters

  18. tamra childers / Feb 26 2012 9:48 AM

    i like bananagrams on fb

  19. Aubrie G. / Feb 26 2012 9:52 PM

    My family would love to add Bananagrams

  20. Peter S / Feb 26 2012 10:41 PM

    Personally, I think Zip-it would be interesting for our family.

  21. Monique Rizzo / Feb 27 2012 3:46 PM

    The pear one looks fun!
    Thanks for the chance.

  22. Stephanie O / Feb 28 2012 2:33 PM

    BananaGrams would me fun, then again they all would be fun for family night.
    shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  23. Jelli / Mar 2 2012 10:02 AM

    I’d like to paly fruitominoes.

  24. valerie wilson / Mar 2 2012 4:52 PM

    I’ve been dying to play BananaGrams! Also, my seven-year-old would be thrilled to get it!

  25. Rochel S / Mar 5 2012 4:22 PM

    I would love to have Bananagrams!

  26. Rochel S / Mar 5 2012 4:26 PM
  27. Rochel S / Mar 7 2012 10:51 PM
  28. hippie4ever / Mar 8 2012 4:27 PM

    I’d love Fruitominoes and Appleletters…basically all the games would be great!

  29. Claire / Mar 8 2012 11:34 PM

    Bananagrams! I loveeee bananagrams!

  30. Rachel B. / Mar 9 2012 8:08 AM

    I would love Bananagrams! My brother and sister-in-law have it and it was sooo much fun!
    schkinner at yahoo dot com

  31. Rachel B. / Mar 9 2012 8:10 AM


  32. Rachel B. / Mar 9 2012 8:12 AM

    FB entry

  33. Rachel B. / Mar 9 2012 8:12 AM

    2-FB entry

  34. Rachel B. / Mar 9 2012 8:13 AM

    3-FB entry

  35. Rochel S / Mar 10 2012 11:27 PM
  36. Pat / Mar 12 2012 3:41 PM

    I’d like to add Bananagrams.

  37. Niki / Mar 12 2012 10:00 PM

    Kids would go banana for bananagrams!

  38. tamarsw / Mar 15 2012 9:51 PM

    honestly I would love Bananagrams. I love word games.
    tamarsweeps at gmail [

  39. tina reynolds / Mar 17 2012 9:32 AM

    I would love to have zip it thanks for the chance to win

  40. tina reynolds / Mar 17 2012 9:32 AM

    i subscribe thanks

  41. mtlgrl4evr / Mar 17 2012 12:48 PM

    I would love to play PAIRSinPEARS with my kids! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  42. mtlgrl4evr / Mar 17 2012 12:49 PM

    Subscribe to your blog

  43. Diane Baum / Mar 17 2012 1:10 PM

    I love zip it

  44. Valerie Taylor Mabrey / Mar 17 2012 2:30 PM

    I’d like to add Banagrams!

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  45. Erica C. / Mar 17 2012 3:44 PM

    Bananagrams would probably be our favorite! It looks fun and I love the cute bag!

  46. Tim / Mar 17 2012 8:35 PM

    I think I want to try Fruitominoes the most

  47. anne s. / Mar 17 2012 10:49 PM

    i would love to add banangrams…it is fun to play with children of different ages and even adults…it makes me so happy to see when the children come up with such creative words
    annsavd at gmail dot com

  48. Sand / Mar 18 2012 1:11 AM

    I’d like to add Bananagrams because I’ve heard great things about it.

  49. Crystal F / Mar 18 2012 8:03 AM

    I would like to try out the Pairs in Pears game. thank you!

  50. AEKZ2 / Mar 18 2012 11:12 AM

    I’d love to add Bananagrams

  51. AEKZ2 / Mar 18 2012 11:13 AM

    Email subscriber

  52. Rosey / Mar 18 2012 11:24 AM

    I’d like to add Fruitominoes to Game Night.

  53. Rosey / Mar 18 2012 11:25 AM

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  54. Lisa / Mar 18 2012 4:47 PM

    I would love to add the game Pairs in Pears to our family game night.

    frugalmommieof2 at

  55. Brandi / Mar 18 2012 6:21 PM

    I’d like to try Appletters!


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