How to Play Bingo
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Bingo is a fun game of chance that anyone can play. The game is played on a scorecard that’s made up of 25 squares — if you get 5 squares in a row, you win!
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In Bingo, the goal of the game is to be the first player to get 5 chips in a row on their scorecard. Your row of 5 chips can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. To get started, give each player at least 1 scorecard and plenty of Bingo chips. Then, have 1 player, the “caller”, randomly choose from the game pieces which have letters and numbers that correspond with the scorecards and call out their selection. For example, the caller might draw “B6,” which corresponds to the “B6” square on the scorecards. If your scorecard has that square on it, place a Bingo chip on it. Once all the players have had an opportunity to place a chip on their scorecard, have the caller choose another letter and number combination. Keep playing like this until 1 player gets 5 chips in a row on their scorecard. If you’re the first player to get 5 in a row, call out “Bingo!” to win the game. To learn how to play Bingo with pictures and words instead of letters and numbers, keep reading!
How to Play Bingo. Bingo is a fun game of chance that anyone can play. The game is played on a scorecard that's made up of 25 squares — if you get 5 squares in a row, you win! ===Setting up Bingo===
All images must be marked to get a BINGO
This is the most common way to play BINGO
This is how we usually play 3×3 grids
Must make a horizontal, diagonal OR vertical line to get a BINGO
This is how we usually play 4×4 or 5×5 grids
Fill the card in the shape of a right-side up, upside down or sideways capital T. For example. fill the center column plus the top row.
We use this pattern during our daugher Tasha’s birthday. We call it Tasha BINGO. You could use the same idea at Thanksgiving and call it “Turkey” BINGO.
Fill the card in the shape of a right-side up, upside down or sideways U. For example. fill the left and right most columns and the top row.
Fill the card in the shape of a square (top, left, right and bottom).
When we’re playing the game with a number of kids, we play all the variations at once.
We have a small prize for each ‘combination’ (a prize for lines, a prize for T’s, a prize for U’s, a prize for squares and a prize for Blackouts. if we have more than 5 children, we’ll do a separate prize for a vertical line, a diagonal line, a horizontal line, a right-side up U, an upside down U, etc, etc).
We have a rule that a person can only win one prize. The game ends when everyone has won something. If two children win the same prize at the same time, we draw straws or ‘guess which number I’m thinking’ or play ‘rock paper scissors’ to see who wins the prize and who keeps playing for the next prize.
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