Hi! We are your pals Agnee and Peter. Agnee is a dragon and I, Peter, am a parrot. We are going to learn and play together.
We are waiting to explore fun and enriching learning games with you. In this episode, we start with our favourite game, BINGO. In the forthcoming episodes, Agnee and I will tell you how to play exciting games that will also help you learn along the way.
Let’s begin with Bingo! For all you young learners who love to play and study at the same time, this is a simple game that can be played in small groups.
All you need are:
- Pencil or a pen
- Numbers/ letters or (names of the things in case of thematic Bingo) written down.
- Lots of imagination
Rules for the game
- Gather a group of friends and ensure that each of you have a piece of paper.
- Ask an adult to draw a grid of 25 boxes (5×5) or 16 boxes (4×4) for younger children.
- The same adult can come up with letters of the alphabets or numbers from 1 to 16 or 1 to 25 as tokens or coins.
- Before the game begins, you can write all the numbers or alphabets (either alphabets or numbers, not a combination) in the boxes.
- It is very important to note that you have to mix up the order of the alphabets or numbers. For example: 1, 3, 7, 2 or a,c,d, e.f is allowed. 1,2,3,4 and a,b,c,d are also not allowed. The players must also write B-I-N-G-O near the paper.
- Now that the entries are made, one person (it would be better if it is an adult) must pick up the tokens and begin calling out the numbers or alphabets from them.
- As the numbers are called out, the players must cross off the numbers or letters of the alphabet on the grid.
- As the entries are being crossed out, when a row of letters (or) numbers are completed, you can cross off the ‘B’ from BINGO written near the grid. Keep in mind that the rows can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
Its a simple game with a lot of fun and rules
- The person who completes B-I-N-G-O first is the winner of the game. It can be made fun when you shout ‘BINGO’ to declare that you have won. That can be fun and the rest of the players can applaud your win.
What will you learn from the game?
- For very young learners among you, this will be a fun game of spotting and writing numbers and letters of the alphabet. Your memory will improve and your hand-eye coordination and concentration will also become better. Those are traits that will help you improve your learning abilities in the long run. Agnee & I have been playing a lot of BINGO to make us better learners. The best part is that it’s such a fun game too!
It is a family game too
- It is also a very exciting game that can have a lot of twists and turns. In a game of BINGO, those who don’t have any rows crossed off can suddenly get many rows crossed off and then take the lead and maybe even win.
How can you make BINGO more diverse?
One of the most fun aspects of BINGO is that it can be used for any theme – be it nature, festivals or even to learn something new in several subjects. Here are some themes that Agnee and I came up with:
- Festival Bingo – This can have pictures or words of things that you see or use on festivals – like lamps, fireworks and sweets for Diwali or Xmas trees and Santa Claus for Christmas. It can be a fun way to learn all about festivals and begin your celebrations that way
- Subject Bingo – A game of Bingo works like a charm when you are learning a new lesson. For example, if you study about the sea, you can play a game using aquatic animals, like the whale, dolphin or sea plants. It’s the perfect way to get a lot of knowledge in very little time.
This is a fun sample of subject bingo
- Bingo on the go – This is a great travel game. Whether you take a trip with the family or go on a class trip, you can play a game of Bingo by listing out the things that you usually see on a trip – like a bus, a gas station etc. Interesting isn’t it?
Try and come up with more Bingo ideas for Agnee and I to play. We are really excited to see your comments with ideas.