The makers of the international hit word tile game BANANAGRAMS® have announced the launch of the BANANAGRAMS SCHOOL CLUB, to encourage schools and students across the UK to ‘Go Wild with Words’ throughout the school year!
Since 2015, more than 100,000 students along with their teachers throughout the UK have played Bananagrams in their schools as a result of the Bananagrams Challenge. Now, through the Club, more than 1,700 schools this year alone are expected to join in the quest to have fun, make friends and, most importantly, develop a love of wordplay and the English language.
Bananagrams, Inc. will offer free kits, including two complimentary Bananagrams games, to qualifying schools across the country. Free downloadable resources will be available online for all participating clubs.
“Here at Bananagrams, Inc. we are passionate about literacy! We love being able to bring playful learning to the classroom,” said Rena Nathanson, CEO of Bananagrams, Inc. “It’s been professionally and personally gratifying to provide resources to our amazing teachers and to see so many students sharpen their language skills via our games, all while having FUN! We hope the Club will create some life-long Bananagrams fans!”
The educational benefits of Bananagrams include: improved letter and word recognition; spelling skills; visual attention; memory and recall; categorisation; visual processing; sorting and classification; sequential thought; and language development.
“This is by far one of the best initiatives I have come across in my years of teaching. The children love the launch of the Bananagrams competition in school and each year we have more children wanting to take part and practise at break times and dinner times,” commented one of the teachers at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, South Yorkshire.
As part of the Club, Bananagrams, Inc. will host a monthly #hashtag challenge calling for action shots, i.e. the grid with a school’s longest word played in a game / #BGSClongestword, where one lucky winning club a month will win a prize pack filled with games and goodies. Via the hashtag challenge along with a strong Google Classroom and social-media presence (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) the Bananagrams Club will help to create a virtual community for teachers to connect, share resources and ideally celebrate teaching through word play.
For further information, visit https://bananagrams.com/schoolclub.