Bingo is a great game for all ages, and once children understand the game, you can mix up the rules to make the game more interesting.
Basic Bingo Rules
Bingo cards have 25 squares, with the center square as a "free space." The caller draws a piece and calls out the letter and the number, and if the number is on a player's board, its square may be covered with a chip. When a player has a full line straight across a row, or straight down a column, he yells out "bingo!" and win the game.
Board Variations for Kids
To keep the game exciting, you can change the winning board layout. For example, the first person to form an "x" across his or her board wins, or the first person to have a diagonal line. Other variations include four corners, all the outer squares, all the inner squares, one specific row, or one specific column.
Other Game Variations
Instead of yelling "bingo," kids can imitate an animal noise, or along with yelling Bingo they could do a silly motion, or a jumping jack--something creative. Letting kids come up with their own motions is a good way of encouraging their own creativity.
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