How to Make Homemade Bingo

By Jennifer Magnesi
Use small candy pieces as markers for bingo.

If you are having trouble finding a bingo game suitable for your child or want to customize a game for a group, you can make the cards and other game pieces at home using basic craft supplies. The best thing about a homemade bingo game is you get to decide what numbers, letters or images should be used for the game, allowing you to personalize it according to an event or occasion.

Choose the type of bingo cards you would like to make, such as using numbers, letters or symbols. For small children who cannot read yet, use images instead of numbers or letters, such as basic shapes like diamonds, hearts, stars and circles.

Cut your desired size of cards from cardstock or use cardstock that has been pre-cut to your preferred size. Use a ruler to draw five columns and five rows onto each game card. If you are using numbers or letters, write BINGO on the top of each card, with one letter representing each column. For a picture bingo game, this part is unnecessary.

Make several dozen calling cards by cutting pieces of cardstock and writing the possible letters or numbers on the cards with a B, I, N, G or O in front of them. For instance, B-36 or N-8. You should have calling cards for each BINGO possibility to make the game fair for the players. If you are using images for the game, print images and cut them out or draw different shapes on the calling card pieces.

Write different variations of letters or numbers on each game card, mixing up the letters and numbers so each card is unique. Choose a small item to act as a marker, such as pieces of candy, coins or game pieces. Place all of the calling card pieces into a large bowl or container, mix it up and grab one piece at a time to call out to the players, who will mark the correct spot on their Bingo cards.

Things Needed

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Candy pieces