If you enjoyed playing Bananagrams, you’ll also love Jumbo ZIP-IT. The reason that it’s so popular and so much fun is that unlike some traditional spelling games, you can go ahead and play without having to sit idly while your opponent plays.
You’ll be moving at the same time your opponent is, working to spell out words before he can. It’s a game of skill as well as speed. The game is meant for two players at a time, but you can play tournaments if you’re having a party where the winner of each game faces off in a championship.
The wooden blocks in this game really are huge. But they’re sturdy enough to play outdoors, anywhere you want to go – and even on a windy day. Not only are these large blocks easy to keep up with indoor or outdoor, they’re the perfect game to take along on a picnic or on a trip to the beach because they’re built for outdoor play.
Another thing that they’re perfect for is for teaching kids how to spell words or for helping them improve their spelling. This game makes it fun to create words. Each of the players gets to take 12 of the 24 letter cubes from the pouch.
These letter cubes have four sides and on each of the four sides, there’s a letter of the alphabet. Using any of the four sides during play, each player tries to create words by using up all 12 of his blocks.
The players get to score by using up their letters before their opponent does and when they do score, they move the zip up one place on the zipper score keeper that’s printed on the outside of the holding bag. Each time a player beats his opponent, it’s one move on the zip or one round. The player that gets to 10 zips first wins the game.
You’ll also get a handy guide that can show you other ways to use the blocks for game play. Some younger kids like to put the blocks on top of one another in order to spell out words and that’s okay, too because the game works horizontally or vertically.
Because of their jumbo size, kids younger than 5 might have a harder time spelling with the blocks or placing them in a crossword puzzle so the game is recommended for kids 5 and older.
This is a fun, affordable game that’s great to do for a challenge at parties or for a holiday get together with family.