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Banana Splits Compound Word Game

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The Banana Splits Game is a fun way to practice reading closed compound words, and it can also help build your child’s visual memory for spelling purposes. The game is easy to play:

First, choose your dish.
Compound Word game - choose your dish

Next, each player gets five cards.

Compound Word game - get five cards

Place the remaining cards face down.

Draw a card from the draw pile or another player’s hand. Flip the card over to reveal the ice cream scoop and the words. When you find two matching ice cream scoops, place the ice cream scoops in your bowl and read the resulting compound word.

Compound Words game - find a match and read the word

The goal is to collect as many pairs of ice cream scoops as you can and read the resulting compound words.

Compound Words - more matches

There are cards for four levels, ranging from short vowel words to more advanced words.

There’s just one thing I didn’t count on—this delicious-looking game makes you hungry for ice cream!

I hope you and your kids enjoy playing the game as much as we enjoyed creating it. Look for the download link in this week’s newsletter, or sign up for your copy using the signup box above.

If you have a minute, let us know how you liked the Banana Splits game!

About Marie Rippel

Marie Rippel, curriculum developer of the award-winning All About Reading and All About Spelling programs, is known for taking the struggle out of both teaching and learning. Marie is an Orton-Gillingham practitioner, sought-after speaker, and member of the International Dyslexia Association. When not writing or teaching, Marie can be found riding her Icelandic horses.


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  1. Saphirelayne says:

    This is a deliciously clever way to add fun to the learning process!

  2. Thank you so much for your amazing curriculum! After YEARS of finding an effective spelling program for my now third-grader, we tried AAS this year and the pieces finally click, my daughter is spelling and writing, and finally feeling confident in her skills and understanding as well–I cannot thank you enough for the blessing AAS has been to our family! And because of this, I will be starting AAR in the fall with my soon to be Kindergartener:) So very excited by all your great curriculum and fun games like this one! Keep the games coming!
    Heather Eades

  3. This is such a cute way to do compound words. Love it! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Just wanted to thank you so much for the Banana Split game!
    I printed it out and laminated it — and very glad I did as my granddaughter really enjoyed it. We will be playing again and again.
    As we were playing it she commented how looking at all the different ice cream was making her hungry. To her surprise when we were all done our game we went on to review for a test coming up where she had to name the continents. I had put on the table various things that could be found or we imported from the many areas around the earth… such as chocolate from Europe, dishes from Asia, bananas from South America and so on.
    I started to pick it all up as if to put it away and stopped and asked her what would happen if we put all these things together like her compound words.
    She paused and then laughed if we had ice cream we would have a banana split! And we did.

  5. This is perfect! We’re just starting the compound words lesson in AAS level 1!

  6. Thanks. This looks like a lot of fun.

  7. Samantha Johnson says:

    Now I’m hungry for ice cream! Such fun!

  8. Sounds Yummy!

  9. This is such a great game for students! Multisensory, memory building and multi-leveled make it applicable for a wide range of students. I assume the cherries are the reverse of the scoops so the scoop type can’t be seen since it is like the memory game. Thank you for the download of this great tool.

  10. Wendy Doster says:

    This game does look fun and we just started compound words today. Thanks!!!!

  11. This looks really fun! I have one question, though… I can’t see what you’re supposed to do with the cherries? Am I just really blind and missing that in the directions? Are they just to stick on top for fun?

    • Wendy Doster says:

      Hey Sarah, I think that is just the design on the back of the cards, but I may be wrong. ??????? I was wondering the same thing and that is what I came up with.

      • Becky [AALP] says:

        Hi Sarah and Wendy! The cherries on the cards are just an illustration for the back of the cards, so they aren’t blank. They have no purpose in the game, other than to make you hungry! :-)

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