If you’ve been hanging around The Autism Helper for a while you know I have a soft spot in my heart for a good ole’ bingo game. There are a lot of reasons that I love bingo. The simplicity, the ease of differentiation, the social skill options, and ability to use this game for such a ride range of skills and concepts. And for kids who hate working – we all have one of those kiddos and at this point of the year, can we blame them?! 😉 – bingo isn’t work, it’s a game. Check out all of our bingos here!
Since we spend a small fortune on velcro and laminating, it’s nice to take a break labor intensive material prep. My favorite way to setup bingo requires a handful of page protectors, a sheet or two of laminating, and a storage size ziplock bag. I put the bingo pages in the page protectors double sided (more options!) and laminate the calling cards. We keep the whole set in a large baggie. Easy. Peasy. #novelcrorequired
Good for a Group
I know you are all still waiting on pins and needles for those requests for additional classroom assistants to come through (insert angry emoji face here), but in the meantime you may have some larger groups to work with. Some of your groups may not all be exactly on the same level and it can be tricky to think of appropriate group activities. Bingo to the rescue! With bingo, you can work on turn taking, peers’ names, commenting, winning/losing, asking/answering questions, and oh so much more – all while targeting an additional academic skill!
Easy to Differentiate
I love that you can make even the same bingo game easy and hard. This helps when you have those a bit too many kid sized groups because your para is out and they didn’t send you a sub. Most of my bingo games include two levels of playing cards. Level 1 works on basic identification. For students working on basic matching, I show them the calling card so they match to sample. For students workmen on listening comprehension, I hide the card and read the item out loud. Level 2 includes a clue or hint. This is great to target inferencing skills, context clues, advanced vocabulary, and the almighty FFC (feature, function, category).
All the Skills
Honestly, there is barely a skill or concept I can think of that won’t work in a bingo game. You can make it easy and basic and work on simple vocabulary like colors, food, or vehicles. You can increase the complexity by working on answering questions, measurement tools, or geography concepts. Then get all the way advanced and work on multiplication and division in bingo. And it’s still a game! 😉