JUMBO Bananagrams

Promoted Skills

Product Description

The bigger Bananagrams game! JUMBO Bananagrams are made of durable, water resistant rubber tiles that are wipeable and perfect for indoor or outdoor use. The game includes 144 game tiles with various quantities of each letter of the alphabet to create individual crosswords. Players can spread out their “bunch” of tiles on the floor, table or even on the grass to “split”, “peel”, or “dump” tiles to create connecting words in the hilarious game of JUMBO Bananagrams! 

Physical 4

Skills

  • Picking up the tiles encourages physical range of motion including reaching and arm extension to place tiles into individual crosswords.
  • JUMBO Bananagrams game play allows children to practice eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills such as finger grasping and placement.
  • Motor planning skills and core strength are used as children reach for, grab and place tiles when sitting on the ground during game play.
  • Children can practice their balance when playing the game when sitting and reaching or standing and reaching to collect tiles. 

Play Ideas

  • Place game on a coffee table or kids train table. This will allow the child to maneuver around the table by kneeling, walking or crawling to collect their “bunch” or when a “peel” or “dump” are called during game play. 
  • A caregiver and child can toss the tiles and catch them by using the “pancake catch” which is when the dominant hand is on top with the other hand underneath and hands clap together to catch the tile when it is tossed.
  • Toss the letter tiles into a laundry basket. Caregiver can challenge the child further by asking them to toss specific letters into the basket and count them out loud. When the child has mastered tossing the tiles into the laundry basket, make the basket smaller by using a shoebox or Tupperware container. 

Adaptation Ideas

  • Glue a flat/flexible magnet to the blank side of the JUMBO Bananagrams tile. A child can use a magnetic board to hold the magnets in place or use a magnetic reacher to guide their crossword during play. Note: this adaptation idea must take place with constant adult supervision.

Cognitive 4

Skills

  • Letter recognition and identification are targeted and simple spelling is encouraged when making individual crosswords.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking are promoted during game play with JUMBO Bananagrams not just with creating words, but placement of the big tiles.
  • Through play, children may need to problem solve to identify the space that is needed to play perhaps altering their typical location for play due to the large size of the tiles. 

Play Ideas

  • Go on a letter hunt! A caregiver can choose a letter tile to prompt the child can go around the house and find objects that start with that letter.
  • Spread out two letters of each JUMBO Bananagrams alphabet tiles and place them face down on the floor. Play a giant game of memory with the tiles. Make this more challenging by adding more matching tiles to the memory game!
  • Line up the tiles in alphabetical order. Place a sticky note next to the tile and have the child write the corresponding lower case letter next to the uppercase tile. 

Adaptation Ideas

  • Limit the number of tiles given to a child at one time. Use the alternative suggestions and adapt them further to fit the needs of the child to ease frustration levels. 

Communicative 3

Skills

  • Expressive and receptive language skills may be promoted during game play through action words like “split”, “peel” or “dump” through game play.
  • Social interactions are promoted through game play with tile interactions from the “bunch” and checking the winners “grid” for misspellings or incorrect words.
  • Word recognition may be promoted within the crosswords made by each player. 

Play Ideas

  • A caregiver can make two letter sounds like “ch” and “gr”. Have the child select the tiles to match the sounds. Advance this play idea by having him spell out a word that starts with the two letter sound.
  • A caregiver can assist a child with making a 3x3 or 4x4 palindrome word square. In every row and column a word must be read in both directions. For example, step/pets and emit/time fit together in a 4x4 square spelling each word once in the row and once in the column.
  • A caregiver can select random letter tiles from the banana bag and use them as flashcards to “quiz” the child on the letters. Make this more challenging by asking him to state the letter and the sound.

Adaptation Ideas

  • A caregiver can place only a few letters out a time- such as all vowels, sounds being worked on in speech therapy, or letters in the child’s name. Gradually increase the number as the child’s ability and frustration levels permit. 

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$44.95
Age Range:
7+
Directions:
Simple
Levels of Play:
Five or More Levels
Storability:
Easy
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

JUMBO Bananagrams

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 4
Sensory 3
Communicative 3
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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