Do you ever find your students, or yourself, losing interest in the activity you are working on? Do you keep things fresh by adding new wrinkles or other subtle twists?

Just like other activities, some times a new twist for your bingo game keeps the  excitement level high. A great way to increase the enthusiasm for a good game of bingo is to allow other winning configurations in addition to the standard horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.

Your first step is to use the free online trial of Bingo Card Creator to create a set of bingo cards. To get started even faster, download 8 free Valentine bingo cards to print and start playing.

Here are a few bingo variations to keep the game alive:

  1. Four Corners. Pretty self-explanatory. Cover the four corners of the card.
  2. The Box. Fill the four lines around the outside of the bingo card.
  3. The Little Box. Fill the center square and the eight squares surrounding it.
  4. X Marks The Spot.  Fill both diagonals running through the center square..
  5. The Cross. Fill both the vertical and horizontal lines that run through the middle square, also known as The Plus.
  6. Rows. Starting with the first row, fill the first, third, and fifth rows. Or, fill the second and fourth rows, maybe for a smaller prize.
  7. Stripes. Same rules as above, but use for the vertical. Also known as columns.
  8. Blackout. Another self-explanatory variation. Blackout your card by filling every square. This variation can also be called Coverall.
  9. Letter Bingo. Create patterns for each letter of the alphabet, or even better, let your students figure out patterns for each letter.

After playing a few games and trying some of the variation above, your students will very likely have new ideas of their own on how to make the game better. Encourage them to explore and innovate by allowing them to create their own variations and then trying them out on the whole class.