Do you, or your students, ever feel like you are just plodding along? You are not having any problems really, just kind of ho-humming your way through the days, weeks, and months?

Just like your own everyday life, some times the classroom needs a little variation to spice things up. Using the free online trial of Bingo Card Creator to create a set of bingo cards is the first step to more excitement. Or, if you are in a rush, download 8 free Valentine bingo cards to print and start playing.

Once you and your students become pros at bingo, or if you already are, you might to need to try some variations to keep things fresh. Here are a few variations and suggestions to make the bingo games more interesting.

  • Have the winner be the caller for the next game. Kids always love a chance to do something special. Letting the winner be the caller is a great reward and it helps reduce the odds of one person winning multiple times.
  • Give an extra prize if the winner has Bingo more than one way.  This is a great strategy teaching tool. The kids will have to decide if they should yell “Bingo” as soon as they have a row, column, etc. or if they should wait and try to get bingo another way and win a better prize. See New Ways To Win for variations on winning patterns.
  • Allow multiple winners per round. This is a great idea especially if your students are younger and still learning to read. You might allow 1 to 5 winners, for example, per game. This helps keep interest up and improves everyone’s chances of winning a prize. It also helps level the playing field for kids who do not read as fast or have trouble finding the words on the card.