A record 50,000 children to take part in the UK Bananagrams Challenge

Published on: 18th January 2017

The word game tournament has attracted 1,500 UK schools in 2017.

baannagrams480Bananagrams has seen participation in its popular schools’ tournament triple this year, with a record 1,500 UK primary schools taking part. As the free welcome packs, each containing two Bananagrams games, landed in classrooms last week, many of the 50,000+ pupils aged 7-11 got straight into the preliminary rounds of the challenge. Teachers took to social media to praise the game for its fun yet educational values.

The 2017 Bananagrams Challenge builds on the success of the previous two tournaments, which together saw more than 35,000 school children playing the game in classrooms all over the UK.

“The 2017 Bananagrams Challenge is already in full swing in the UK and I’m thrilled that a record 1,500 schools have signed up – that’s three times as many as our first UK Challenge, and almost twice as many as last year,” said Rena Nathanson from Bananagrams. “The Challenge is one of the highlights of our marketing calendar and is proving to be an incredibly effective way of reaching children and their families, creating new life-long fans of the game. At its heart, Bananagrams is fun, yet ultimately the gameplay enhances a player’s appreciation of language, spelling and literacy, making it an ideal classroom tool.”

The battle of words culminates in a Live Grand Final in London at the end of April 2017 – a day of fast-paced heats for the 12 finalists, one of whom is crowned Top Banana, scooping a £1,000 prize for their school.

As part of its mission to get children playing with words, Bananagrams has launched the Challenge to help boost vocabulary and spelling skills in classrooms and after-school clubs across the country. Schools can find out more details here.


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