# Bingo

Age Range: 7 - 11

To play Bingo, you will need a set of Bingo cards (enough for one child each) and some counters / buttons (approx. 9 each). Although the initial creation of all of the cards may be time-consuming, once they have been made, they can be used again and again.

The Bingo cards can be made by yourself or the children using pieces of A4 card. Each A4 sheet should be split into four rectangles, with 9 numbers in each rectangle (ranging from 1 to 50), as in the picture on the right. The cards should then be cut out and it might be a good ideas to laminate them so that they will last for even longer.

A set of 32 Bingo cards (in PDF) can be found below. Simply print them onto card and they're ready to use! A tick list is also available for you to mark off the numbers which have been called.

Once you have the cards and the counters, the class can play. The difference between this Bingo game and normal Bingo is that in this game, the teacher calls out the numbers in the form of sums.

So instead of saying "two little ducks" (i.e. 22), you could say "What is 11 x 2?" The children can then work out the sum, and cover the number 22 if they have it on their card. When a child has all of the numbers on their card, they should BINGO! and win the game.

This activity can be differentiated by having different sets of cards. One set of cards with numbers ranging from one to ten could be used for very young children, while children at the top end of Key Stage 2 could have cards with numbers going up into the thousands and beyond.

Jackie Lester has also pointed out the following:

You don't always need to have bingo cards - just write up (say) 12 numbers on the board and have a hand held copy for the caller (to mark off the numbers used). Tell the children to choose (say) 6 of the numbers which they write on a piece of paper or in their draft books.

Devise ways to thwart cheats! My children hold up their papers with a grid of numbers showing for me and other children to see.

Then play the game as usual, marking off the numbers you've used on your hand-held (hidden) copy. The children must also mark off their numbers on their grid. I use this as a mental starter, especially for learning tables - so all the numbers will be in (say) a couple of multiplication tables and the pace is quite brisk. This game allows less speedy mathematicians a chance to win against the best so I find that everyone is keen to take part.

A variation contributed by Miriam Tilley...

Word bingo - I made a set of boards and words based on the first 100 key words 15 years ago and it is brilliant for odd moments - a child can be the 'caller' - first line gets a chew - full house a lolly!

Another variation, contributed by Erin Muir...

Bingo with a Twist - Each student has a piece of paper with an empty bingo grid. The teacher writes 20-25 words on the board (I use words from a topic we've been studying). The students choose 9 words and write them on the grid. The teacher calls out words and the students check them off, once they have crossed off all their words they yell... BINGO! My students LOVE this game!! Good luck!

Another variation, contributed by Erin Cheung...

Name Bingo - This is particularly good at the start of the school year when learning names. Also encourages kids to branch out of their friendship groups (initially girls will only write girls names and boys will only write boys names, but they quickly learn that they need a good mix!).

M Milmore has recommended this tool...

A great bingo generator can be found at https://saksena.net/partygames/bingo/. You make your own questions and input the answers to generate bingo cards.

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### Love to Play Bingo

I like the idea of creating a blank laminated card and then using markers for the kids. They could be reused and using a paper towel would remove the markers, unless they are permanent that is, lol.Getting the kids to make their own cards is also a great idea. Just draw a blank grid on a white/black board and ask the kids to copy it.

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Kids love the thrill of yelling out "Bingo!" Not only is the game entertaining, it holds the potential to serve as an educational tool for the classroom or home. Games with quiz, grades, tests, will be my choice.

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### Amer Abbas

need it for my Year 9 lessons

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### Français

This is a good idea for use when teaching numbers over 20 in most foreign languages. You wouldn't need to read out sums, just the word e.g. soixante-dix in French for 70.

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