Friday, 16 March 2012

Pairs in Pears

Pairs in Pears is a game by Bananagrams, the ingenious folk who combine great family games with one of your five a day!  We were sent Pairs in Pears to try out for ourselves.  

Pairs in Pears
The pear shaped zip up cloth pouch contains four full sets of alphabet tiles in different designs: dots, stripes, solids and outlines.  I loved the design of the bag and the tiles are strong and chunky.

The Different Suits
The tiles are divided out according to how many people are playing.
The aim of the game is to make pairs of words sharing one letter and made using the same pattern.  Words must be at least three letters long.  It is a fast paced race to make the pairs of words before your opponents.
There are different variations on the game so you can play in the best way to suit your family.

You can win by being the first to make the pre-decided number of pairs or you can play the scoring game where points are scored by how many letters have been used.  In the scoring game you do not have to use letters in the same pattern but double points are awarded if the letters are in the same suit.

Scoring Game
I really liked the pace of the game.  9 year old Kizzy was able to play just as well as me  (sometimes better!)  She is quite keen on word puzzles and this game uses the same skills.  Younger children can use the tiles to learn the alphabet, practice phonics, match patterns, use memory skills and develop cognitive thinking, so the scope for using this game as an educational aid is really good.  The game is deceptively simple, fun and fast paced. You can play as many hands as you want so the game will last as long as you want it to.  You can be as competitive as you want and adapt the rules to suit your number of players.

I'll definitely be taking this on holiday with me at Easter!  It is perfect for travel as it is self-contained and compact. 

The Pairs in Pears game costs £10.99 RRP.


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