Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bingo But Were Afraid To AskCelebrate National Bingo Month December 1-31
I thought I knew all there was to know about Bingo – until the night I walked into that smoky, crowded Bingo Hall. On a whim, I agreed to accompany my mom and the “girls” to their weekly game at the Fire Station. The line was long and moved slowly, because people were purchasing 20 and 30 cards.
When my turn came, I asked the seller at the door for 20 cards. “You might want to start smaller, dear” she said, her cigarette dangling precariously from her lips. “Twenty please” I insisted defiantly. I mean this was Bingo after all. My first-grade students played it all the time.
We settled into our seats and the first round began. Whoa! Why was he calling the numbers so fast! Was this speed bingo? I peeked up to see if anyone else noticed he was going too fast but no one seemed distressed except me, and as a result I missed two more numbers. The lady behind me yelled “Bingo!”
Rounds Two and Three
Round two began and focusing hard, I managed to keep up, but I was sweating! I mean literally, I was SWEATING. I wanted ask my mom for the crumpled-up tissues I knew she had in her purse, but I didn’t want to miss anymore numbers! By round three, I reluctantly admitted the octogenarian selling cards at the door was right. I gave my mom half my Bingo cards.
Round Four. “Bingo!” I won! I WON! It must have been the pure adrenaline running through me at that point because I felt like Olympic Gold. After that it was mainly downhill, but all that mattered to me was that I won on round four! I. Won.
This all happened a lot of years ago. While Bingo is still immensely popular at churches, fire stations and halls across America (minus the smoking!) online Bingo has had tremendous development since the introduction of “Bingo Zone” and “Bingo Blitz” in the late 1990’s.
Both cyber Bingo and in person Bingo are extremely popular in other countries as well, especially the U.K. where it is played with 90 numbers, 15 more than the 75 played in the U.S.
Bingo Fun Facts
Want some fun facts to impress your students with next time you play Bingo?
- Bingo was originally called Beano. An excited grannie accidentally yelled “Bingo” when she won.
- The Queen and Prince William love to play Bingo at Buckingham Palace
- Women named Margaret are more likely to win Bingo than any other name.
- The most popular color Bingo dauber is purple.
And here are some facts about the educational benefits for the next time your administrator comes in when your class is playing Bingo.
- Bingo was originally played in the 1800’s as an educational tool to teach students multiplication.
- Bingo improves concentration and cognitive skills
- Bingo increases hand-eye coordination
Just about any skill from colors, numbers, math facts, spelling words, science and history facts can be reinforced by playing Bingo. You can create your own Bingo games using these online generators: Baker Bingo or Bingo Card Generator
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