PairsinPears
 

Pairs in Pears is a game that can be used with pre-readers all the way up to advanced readers. There are four different sets of alphabets in different designs of sold, stripes, dots, and outlined. With these different groups, pre-readers can work on letter identification and sounds, pattern grouping, and the alphabet. Beginning readers can work on alphabetical order, spelling, word pairs, and rhyming words. Advanced readers can practice skills such as spelling, word recall, and strategic thinking. 


Pairs in Pears (3 and up, 1-4 players)

Pre-Reader Activities (in groups, the games are race to the finish)

1. Pattern Grouping - group into 4 separate piles of SOLID, STRIPES, DOTS, OUTLINED

2. Learn Your ABCs - arrange each pattern pile into an alphabet A-Z

3. Letter Hunt - Spread all tiles out face up, Say “Can you find? -all 4 A’s - Your name - A striped Q - Your favorite color”, You can have students find as many things as you want

4. Sound it Out - Pick a letter from the pile and sound it out. What words start with that sound? How many can you name? Group: The first player to say a word beginning with the chosen letter collects that tile. Player with most tiles wins.

Beginner Reader Activities

1. Alphabetical Order - create groups of 3 letters in alphabetical order, where the patterns in each are the same, like DEF, JKL, PQR

Extra challenge: Choose 10 random tiles from the pile and see how quickly you can put them in alphabetical order

2. Word Pairs - make a pair of the same word in 2 different patterns, Examples: Food, Animal, School spelling words

3. Rhyming - make a pair of rhyming words using any of the tiles, now see if you can make each word in its own pattern

4. Fill in the Blank (2 or more players) - one player makes a word in the same pattern with a “blank” spot where one of the letter should be, the other players race to find the missing letter that completes the word, Can you find more than one letter that works?


Competitive Games for Advanced Readers

GAME 1: Pairs in Pears (2 ways to play)

1. Beginner Goal: Race to make grids of two intersecting words.

2. Advanced Goal: Race to make grids of two intersecting words in the same pattern. Each grid can use a unique pattern.

2 players: 52 tiles each - Winner is the first to make 4 grids of words

3 players: 34 tiles each - Winner is the first to make 3 grids of words

4 players: 26 tiles each - Winner is the first to make 2 grids of words

Step 1. Place all the tiles face down. Each player takes the correct number of tiles.

Step 2. When players have their tiles, someone calls out, “Go!” Players proceed to flip their tiles over and start making grids of words with matching patterns. Words must have at least 3 letters.

To Win: When a player has reached the goal number of grids, they call out, “PEARS!” and win the game. 

GAME 2: Pair Points (a scoring version of Pairs in Pears)

Goal: Compete to make grids of two connecting words and get the highest score.

Step1. Place all the tiles face down. Each player takes the correct number of tiles:  

2 players: 52 tiles each - Winner is the first to make 4 grids of words

3 players: 34 tiles each - Winner is the first to make 3 grids of words

4 players: 26 tiles each - Winner is the first to make 2 grids of words

Step 2. When players have their tiles, someone calls out, “GO!” Players proceed to flip their tiles over and begin making grids of words with at least 3 letters.

Rule: The letters in each word do not have to be in the same pattern. However, players win double points when the letters in a word are the same pattern.

Step 3. The first player to reach their goal number of grids shouts, “PEARS!” and is then done playing. The game continues until all players reach their goal number of grids. When the game ends, check the spelling of each player’s words and count the points. The player with the most points wins the game.

Rule: If a player has used a misspelled word, no points are awarded for that grid.

Shared letters are counted with each word.

Scoring:

1 point for each letter of unmatched words

2 points for each letter of matched words

2 bonus points for each use of the letters: J, Q, and V, X, Z

3 bonus points for words that are 5 letters or longer

5 bonus points for calling out, “PEARS!”


Skills to Practice Using Pairs in Pears

-Spelling

-Pattern Grouping

-Letter Hunt

-Word Recall

-Rhyming Words

-Fill in the Blank

-Strategic Thinking

-Cooperation

-Turn-Taking


*Game rules come from Bananagrams website. (bananagrams.com)