I love playing bingo in a variety of different ways in order to keep things interesting and also to work on additional skills. Here's some of my favorite ways to switch it up!
- Object Discrimination: Instead of calling cards, if you have a projector, type the name into google images and show the pictures and the students have to state what they see and find it on their cards.
- Money Skills: Instead of bingo chips, use coins and have students “put the quarter on the ____”, etc. A great way to sneak in some money math skills!
- Fine Motor / Fishing Fun:
- Have students be the bingo callers: You can do this in multiple ways, ranging from using an AbleNet spinner that students can activate with a switch, to pulling a card from options (pick a card, any card), or giving a student full rein! They've been watching you, they might know exactly what to do! I had a student who when leading bingo would sound exactly like me, make sure to walk up and show the distracted student the card, give high fives as appropriate, and even used my little phrases! It was too funny. I could have left and let him run the class ;)
I also find that bingo games make for excellent sub plans, especially when you need something at the last minute! How else do you use bingo games in your class? You can find these bingo boards (and more) in my community units. For holidays and common themes, I usually have good luck finding bingo boards with a google search!