Are you ready for springtime? I know I am. And my kids are too. We’re all tired of being inside all day long or having to don big bulky coats and the wind nipping at our noses when we go out. You too? If you’re still bundling up or hunkering down, you don’t have to totally give up on spring. I’ve got just the thing to bring a little spring inside to you: Springtime Bingo!
SPRINGTIME BINGO IS FOR EVERYONE!
My kids’ favorite thing about playing Bingo is that I let them use food as their place markers. Even if it’s just craisins or cereal, they still get excited. Maybe it’s a boy thing? But when we combine a game and a snack, they are in heaven!
My favorite thing about Bingo is that it’s a learning experience that keeps my kids busy for 10 minutes – sometimes longer! And I love that they can all play together. They range in age from 5-10 now, but we’ve played with them as young as 3, with a bit of help. Bingo is a great game for kids. What do you get out of Bingo? How about:
- encourages cooperative play
- develops observation
- practices matching skills
- practices taking turns and sportsmanship.
Everyone loves a good game of Bingo, right!? So, get out the cereal and let the games begin!
ARE YOU READY TO PLAY SPRINGTIME BINGO?
SPRINGTIME BINGO GAME MATERIALS:
- Springtime Bingo game printables. Click the link to get your own set of the game. A new window will open. Download and save the PDF file of the game to your computer. You can then print it right at home.
- Place markers
- A gallon ziptop bag to store your game in after you play
SPRINGTIME BINGO PREP DIRECTIONS:
- Download and print the three game boards and the draw cards from the link. If you need more than 3 boards, print extras.Note: You shouldn’t have to request access to the file. If you do have to request access, it’s usually because the internet you are using has been restricted and you can’t download anything from sites that haven’t already been approved and Google Drive isn’t on the approved list. Try again from a personal or open internet connect.
- When everything is printed, use the scissors to cut out the draw cards.Note: To prolong the life of your game, you can laminate the boards and draw cards. But, that’s totally optional.
SPRINGTIME BINGO GAME PLAY INSTRUCTIONS:
- Distribute a Springtime Bingo board and 16 place markers to each player.
- Place the draw cards face down in a pile in the middle of the table.
- Take turns drawing a draw card from the pile and sharing it with the group. Each player marks off the matching picture from the draw card on their board.
- First player to get four in a row yells “BINGO!”
We let the winner eat their winning place markers and then replace those that get eaten – and any other ones that have “magically disappeared” during the game, but that’s totally optional. It keeps my ever-starving boys happy and engaged longer. Yes, sometimes it’s worth trading a handful of cereal for another 10 minutes of entertained boys while I’m trying to get dinner finished.
YOU’RE JUST 10 MINUTES FROM A GREAT KIDS ACTIVITY
Until the weather starts warming, the trees start blooming and the snow melts this is probably the best springtime you’ll find. Entertained kids, learning and playing, and a few minutes to actually get something done. Yep, the best you’ll find. For now.
This Springtime Bingo game first posted on Whatever Dee-Dee Wants in April 2015 as a guest post written by Krista. The post has been republished here after being updated to maintain accuracy and relevancy.