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
To get you started here is free Christmas Bingo Game from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!
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The Box, The List And Clean Up In Aisle 7Or Why This Post Took 2 Years To Write
This is a story. It is a true story, it is my story, it is the story of how this blog came to be.
Long before computers and Xerox machines and PLC’s, I began my teaching career without the benefit of Pinterest! Can you believe that?! Over the years so much has changed, the pendulum has swung back and forth and back again.
Some changes for the better, some not so much, but that’s a totally different topic for a totally different time. Almost two years ago, with mixed feelings, I retired at what I considered a young age.
The first two months were an awesome, endless vacation. I lounged on the couch in my PJs eating fast food and Netflix bingeing.
Then…I remembered …The Box! Do we all have one of these boxes? I think we do. The Box was my treasure chest of “things I would do when I had more time” i.e. when I retired.
Excitedly, I lifted the dusty top. Counted cross stitch of a unicorn with a peace sign? What? No! Five rolls of film with pictures to scrapbook? Well, I’d have to get them developed and …and…nope. Rusty calligraphy pens? I haven’t updated my tetanus shot, nope! 129 things you can make with zucchini? Hmmm, zucchini is out of season, so…nope.
Sigh. I put the top back on the box and I shove it back under the bed. Next came my list “THE List”. The list to end all lists. I’m famous for my lists. Honestly, look up “lists”, you’ll see my face.
1) Write a novel (Scoff)
2) Bedazzale a purse (LOL)
3) Play the lottery (I can try, right?)
4) Dye yarn with Kool-Aid in my crockpot (uh…what)
There was more but I’ve probably overshared enough already. Needless to say, this list…THE List, wasn’t turning out to be all that much of a life changer.
That evening I admitted to my daughter that maybe, just maybe, I was getting a little bored…and maybe, just maybe, I missed teaching…a little bit.
“Start a blog, mom.” She said to me. Me? What? A blog? But I hardly even know how to use FACEBOOK! I don’t know how to do that!
“I’ll help you!” She promised, fingers already flying over the keyboard and words like “host” and “WordPress” coming from her mouth.
Within minutes, Stars On The Spectrum comes to life and so do I once again.
“We’re all set” She tells me, with a grin on her face. I’m beaming for the first time in what seems like forever. It’s getting late now, so she promises to help me write the first blog post tomorrow, after we go grocery shopping.
I can hardly sleep, my head is filled with ideas. The next morning finally comes around and we make it out of the house our feet crunching on freshly fallen snow. I feel like something about today is going to be different, I think to myself.
Clean Up In Aisle 7
My daughter is chatting away on the car ride there and once inside aisle after aisle, reading items off a list, grabbing this, grabbing that. I am barely focusing on what she’s saying, I’m so excited about what I’m going to put up on my new website when we get home! Walking down aisle 5 she stops and grabs my arm…
“Mom, I think my water just broke!”
My daughter is laughing, trying to waddle to the bathroom. I’m trying not to freak out and stay calm, because we’re literally in the middle of grocery shopping.
Oh, my goodness, is she going to give birth in the middle of Walmart?!
She wobbles out and she nods with her typical smirk. Within 24 hours, my very first granddaughter was born and my blog forgotten.
So, that is the box, the list and the clean up in aisle 5 part, but the story doesn’t end there. I opened my store on Teachers Pay Teachers and focused most of my energy there (and on my grandchild of course!)
I made a few feeble stabs at my blog but I was ill-equipped when it came to using plugins and software. I am also a perfectionist, so unless things are JUST right, they’re wrong. I took courses and watched as many YouTube videos as I could.
I’m writing this post because November 16th, 2016 is coming up. My beautiful, granddaughter will be turning TWO! And I, dear readers, am posting my very first blog post. Not because it is finally perfect, but because it is Time! I hope you like it!