It’s B-I-N-G-O Time

One of the key aspects of Vipasana – our after school program for primary children , is to make learning fun. So how can we not play Bingo !!

Bingo is  a super fun game to play in a group. It is so versatile and easy to play that you can use it across grades and for varied subjects and topics.

What is Bingo :

Bingo is a popular social game of chance usually played for prizes. Each player gets  a sheet with 5 X 5 grid of numbers. The players mark off numbers on their card as the numbers are randomly drawn by a caller. The first person to complete a pattern yells, “Bingo.” Their numbers are checked and a prize or cash awarded. The patterns can be varied throughout a gaming session, which keeps players interested and engaged.

I can hear you saying…this sounds familiar, we call it… Tambola or Housie

A bit of Bingo history

The game’s history can be traced back to 1530,in Italy. was introduced to France in the late 1770s. In the U.S., bingo was originally called “beano”…as players would mark their cards with beans. They yelled “beano” if they won.

The Germans also played a version of the game in the 1800s, but they used it as a child’s game to help students learn math, multiplication , spelling, and history.( Yes….play-way method was used even back then)

How did we use Bingo

Bingo is so versatile we have used it for a variety of content across grades – as an ice-breaker , to reinforce definitions, learn new vocabulary, math problems, history facts etc,

Let’s see an example of how we used Animal Bingo to teach “Animal Life” for grade 2

1.     Give every student a bingo card (containing pictures of animals)

2.     Everybody gets the same set of animals, but in a different order.

3.     Call out the animal name,.

4.     Students must then identify the animal  bingo card and cover/mark the space with a token , counter, toy or dried beans

5.     If a student has all  pictures covered diagonally, across a row or vertically in a column, they should call BINGO.

6.     After checking the answers of the winner (you can use your own Bingo card to remember the animal names), give the winner their prize

7.     If a student claims they have BINGO and they are incorrect, they are disqualified from that round.

Why use Bingo in class

·       The game needs  concentration and listening skill and this helps to sharpen one’s cognitive abilities.

·       It helps improve memory as the game requires alertness to hear the numbers and remember that information to transfer it to the cards they are playing.

·       Because of the repetitive nature of the game , it improves hand-eye coordination

·       We use Multiple intelligence in our lesson planning and BINGO lends itself to reinforce all types of Intelligences

·       Organizing a Bingo game is simple and it is not pricey…you can easily make it yourself.


And best of all….


·       Kids have loads of fun and learn in the process

The Covid impact


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, but that didn’t stop us from playing Bingo, we just took it online.

We used it as an ice breaker in our Upasana program – our teacher training program where we equip women to become Vipasana teachers.

People Bingo is played with a twist. Participants have to introduce themselves, and find people who match the traits on the card. They must put the person’s name in the corresponding box. The first person to fill boxes as per the pattern yells “Bingo!


How you can use Bingo in your class is only limited by your imagination. So get your creative juices flowing and have fun.

Need ideas and help implementing it contact us @9840029979, https://shraddhamaanu.org

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