The Bananagrams Challenge returns bigger than ever

The free to enter competition sees children boost their vocabulary and spelling skills through a series of Bananagrams games.
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After a successful first year, The Bananagrams Challenge is returning once again this year.

Open to twice as many schools this year, the Bananagrams Challenge is a nationwide search for the UK’s Top Banana.

Aiming to attract 1000 competing schools, the free-to-enter Challenge will see around 30,000 children aged seven to eleven years old play a series of Bananagrams games with classmates.

Through a simple process of elimination, each school finds its champion, who then competes in a range of online word-based games – built around the Key Stage 2 spelling lists – for one of 12 places at the grand final in London, in April 2016. The eventual winner will be crowned Top Banana 2016 and will win £1000 for their school, while all finalists receive a Banagrams Goodie Bag crammed full of fun.

“When we launched The Bananagrams Challenge in the UK last year, our main objective was to position Bananagrams as an ideal classroom tool for boosting the literacy of UK primary school children,” commented Rena Nathanson, CEO of Bananagrams. “We also saw it as the perfect strategy for getting our games into the hands of thousands of children and their teachers. This year, as we move towards 2016 being our tenth ‘bananaversary’ year, we’re doubling capacity, so that’s potentially 30,000 children discovering and playing our game, and having fun with words. In addition, we’re excited to be simultaneously launching the Challenge in America for the first time too. We’re very confident it will be a resounding success on both sides of the pond, creating new and engaged fans of the game.”

Bananagrams has launched the Challenge to help boost vocabulary and spelling skills in classrooms and after-school clubs across the country. Each school that registers receives a free Bananagrams Challenge Welcome Pack worth over £40, which provides teachers with everything they need to run their school’s Challenge, including two Bananagrams games.

To register and find out more details, click here.

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