Monday, March 22, 2010

Split, Peel, Dump, Bananas!...and the dreaded Rotten Banana

Have you played before?

Bananagrams. Fun in a zip-up banana.

All the ages in our house from 10 to 44 were able to play. It was fun for everyone even when they didn't win.

Maybe except for me. I'm a tad bit competitive.

Depending on how many people are playing you pick a certain number of tiles. They are like Scrabble tiles without points. We picked 15 each.

Then you make crosswords with your words. You can re-do them as much as you want.

You can get rid of letters you don't want by 'Dump"ing them, but you have to take three in return.

When someone uses all their letters, they call out 'Peel' and then everyone takes one more tile from the pile.

You keep going until there are fewer tiles in the pile than there are people playing. When one person finishes using all their tiles they yell "Bananas!" and you pull out this if you need to check anything.

If you make up a non-word or use a proper noun or misspell anything, you're a Rotten Banana. Then everyone else just picks up where they left off until someone else finishes using their tiles.

Here are some of our crosswords.

This game was tons of fun. We've had it for a while and just pulled it out tonight for the first time. I have a feeling it will stay out on our table for quite some time.

On another unrelated note, I'm a little behind in my reading the Bible through in 90 days. I've been behind since I think the beginning of the Chronicles. They were difficult to read through quickly and then I just never got caught up.

I'm in the New Testament now and getting caught back up rapidly. There are actually two grace days built in, but I'd like to finish it in the 88 it has on the schedule. You know, the OCD and all. It's been bothering me that I've been behind all this time, especially because I was several days ahead for a little bit.

Either when I get caught up or when I get finished (hard to believe it's almost over), I'm going to read this book I picked up at the Christian bookstore the other day by Alex & Brett Harris.

I've heard a lot about this book, and I want to read it before I let my teens read it. I'm excited to see what it has to say.

Has anyone else read this book, and if so, what did you think?


Mari said...

The other day when I was getting my hair cut, someone was talking about that game. They gave it a great review too! I haven't heard of the book.

Love Bears All Things said...

This looks like a fun game. I love Scrabble but have a hard time finding someone to play with. That is why I play on the computer.
Don't be yourself up about getting behind on reading the Bible in a certain amount of time. I think the goal is to be consistent. I would like to read it in the order that it happened, someday.
Mama Bear

Diann said...

Hi Kayren!

My husband and I love to play scrabble so this would be right up our alley.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

have a great day (from one Michigander to another! LOL)

Ronnica said...

That's a great game! I play it with a girl who's not the greatest speller...but I was surprised she still beat me (a stupid error on my part). It's a great way to practice spelling WITHOUT spell checker.

You already know (in part) what I think about Doing Hard Things. I think it's a great place to start, and the companion book fills in the gaps it still has. I'm glad that there are people in the next generation (hey, they're only 6 years younger than me, but like worlds apart, still) who are getting excited about really living their lives for Christ.

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