Alphabet Bingo

What You Need: 

  • Paper 
  • Marker 
  • About 25 small place markers or chips  (like Cheerios) 
  • 26 notecards or small slips of paper 

What You Do: 

  1. Draw a bingo board (5x5 box) or print out Marbles Alphabet Bingo Cards 
  2. If making your own, randomly write one letter in each of the boxes, making sure to leave the center box open as a free space. 
  3. Write one letter of the alphabet on each notecard. 
  4. Shuffle the notecards.  
  5. Choose one person to be the caller. 
  6. When the caller reads out a letter, place a chip on that letter if it’s on your board. 
  7. The first player to fill a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) wins! 

Words to Use: 

  • Horizontal: Flat and level. 
  • Vertical: Pointing up in a line. 
  • Diagonal: Following a sloping angle. 

What to Talk About: 

  • Make the letter sound when you call out the letter. 
  • Associate the letter with something familiar. Ex:  A for Alligator 
  • Talk about what the letter looks like.  Is it round?  Straight?  Does it have an open space or no space? 
  • Encourage subitizing.  Ask how many Cheerios do you see? 
  • Count the cheerios on the board periodically. 

Change It Up:  

  • Play with both uppercase and lowercase letters for even more variations (A vs. a).  
  • Make your own bingo boards with animals, foods, numbers, or symbols. 
  • Age it Down: In addition to saying the letter out loud, have the caller show the players the letter. 
  • Age it Up: Play with blends instead of single letters (th, sh, gr, st). 

Learning Connections:  

  • Creativity 
  • Language Development 
  • Literacy 
  • Connection 
  • Critical Thinking 

Curriculum Connections:
NC Standard Course of Study 

  • ELA: RF.K.4, RF.K.1, RF.K.3, RF.1.3 
  • Math: NC.K.CC.5, NC.K.CC.4, NC.K.CC.6 

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