I actually won this game at a white elephant/raffle Christmas party but have never actually played it.  At least not the way they probably intended it to be played.  I have been using it for so many other fun activities with my girls.


With Ashlyn, who is 6, I have been giving her spelling tests and letting her make the words instead of write them.  We work on this each week and I wanted to switch things up a bit from the old school pencil and paper.   She liked it!  I also do making words activities with her.  I used to do this daily with my 1st graders when I taught in the public schools.


Yesterday we were talking about the rule about dropping the e and adding ing to a word.  I had her use the letter tiles and make the word take.  Then I asked her to turn it into taking.  She of course kept the e so I taught her the little rhyme.  Making words activities teaches tons of great phonics skills.  It gives kids the chance to manipulate the letters to see how letter sounds and rhyming go together to make words.  After doing ing words I asked her to make the word night.  Then I had her change it to light, sight, fight, flight, and then sigh. It really helps her recognize the patterns that many words have.

With Emil, who is 3, I have her spell out her sight words by copying them from a list that I make her.  Then I have her find those words in a book that I have just read to her.  Many kids know sight words in isolation but have a harder time reading them in a sentence.  This activity helps with that.

2 Responses to “Bananagrams”

  1. Sarah

    NICE white elephant gift! I love Bananagrams (the way you really play it – although I’m not sure we play it right, we use it for the game that the Kohn’s taught us with Scrabble tiles, too fun). The girls like to play with them too. Maybe I should get them out….

    March 4th, 2010 at 12:30 pm
  2. Denise

    Great idea! Another great idea to assist a child in learning their sight words is playing a board game called Erudition. Cards are categorized so children of all reading levels can play together!

    March 5th, 2010 at 10:07 am

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