Make your own fun Bingo boards for easy, educational fun

Here's a fun craft to make together that can help teach numbers, colors, reading and more. Make up some Bingo games!

We just cut 3 sheets of paper into 8x8 squares and used a ruler to draw 5 columns horizontally and then 5 vertical ones to draw the boxes. I didn't bother measuring and just eyeballed it. You need an odd number to have a center for the free center square, but you can make it larger or smaller if you like.

Then we used different colors of markers to fill in squares with concepts like colors, numbers (with corresponding numbers of dots to count), simple words, letters and shapes. I tailored it to what my girls are learning-- for Annalee I put shapes, her name, colors and small numbers and for Victoria I put simple words and higher numbers. I tried to make the squares work for each child-- like putting a brown circle and writing BROWN so Annalee (2) could find the color brown and Victoria (4) could see how it was spelled.

We put the concepts in all different places on the grids and made sure that we didn't put all the same ones on the same grids. Then I cut squares of the same size and made matching concept squares for each one we had on a grid.

We used pennies as markers but you could also use rocks, poker chips or tiddly winks.

We put all the squares in a plastic pitcher and we took turns pulling them out. The girls loved putting pennies on their squares and shouting Bingo when they filled in a line.

You could expand on the idea by putting questions on the paper squares and having the kids find the answer on their grid, or having math problems.

The whole works can be stashed in a large ziplock bag and kept in a binder for easy storage. It was a fun craft to make together and a neat way to spend some family time, with a little accidental learning tossed in too.

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