How to Play Bingo

Bingo Card Creator is a program that provides fun learning tools for children of all ages. The program works by allowing parents and educators to make bingo cards covering almost any subject. It also provides a large number of activities to enhance the learning experience.

For a charge of just US$29.95, users can download the program and use it to create multiple, unique cards for whole classrooms or for home use with numbers, single words or phrases. Teachers who use Bingo Card Creator have the freedom of customizing their cards to fit their lesson plans all year round. This means that there will always be some fun way of relaying what they are teaching.

How the card creator works:

1) First, structure your lesson plan to see how best the game will fit in. after this is done, go to the site and log in.

2) To design your personalized cards, start by making a word list. The site also has pre-constructed lists from over 942 categories to choose from ranging in subjects, topics and season to name a few. If you design you own list, the more words you add the better the game will be. Each card will have 24 of the total words along with a free space and the list will be jumbled to ensure that the cards are not identical. For lists chosen from categories, 25 words will be added and each card will have 24 them.

3) Once you have constructed or chosen a list, you then move on to customizing the cards. You can simply choose how many cards you want and the amount to be printed on each page then press print or, you can select ‘advance’ and add even more settings.

4) If you decide to do advance customization: the color of the cards, words and backgrounds, the title and the text that appears in the “free space” box can all be altered.

5) Next, preview the cards created then print them once you are pleased.

How to play:

Bingo cards have five columns that spell the word running across the top of the card and five rows. In all, there are 25 squares to mark, one of which is a free space in the center of the card. Each square is named of the letter at the top of its column and whatever is marked in the actual square. So, for numbered cards, a ‘3’ in the ‘G’ column is ‘G3’ and so on.

Each player is given one or more cards and must have something to mark with. These can be beads, stones or something to write with for example.

The dealer, who is the person responsible for calling the numbers (or whatever is on the card), will pull chips from a ball, bag or box. Each time an item is called, players must mark the square on their cards if they have it.

Once you have marked the squares spelling bingo in a horizontal, diagonal or vertical line, you must shout “Bingo!”, the first person to do so wins as long as their card is properly marked.