Every New Year’s Eve that we join forces with a few other families, we make Bingo our go-to game for the kids.
And the kids—and parents–love it.
It’s a Bingo Bonanza—marathon Bingo played! And the kids not only have no idea about how much the game helps them to recognize and name numbers and letters (hey, even B-I-N-G-O counts in my book!), but they’re also learning patience, taking turns, and practicing respectable game-playing skills.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- New Year’s Eve Bingo Bonanza:
We seriously come prepared for New Year’s Bingo Bonanza. Sure, we make our obligatory stop at the state store for the parents and make appetizers and sweets, but Bingo Bonanza is where the real fun begins.
Each family brings tiny wrapped gifts as Bingo prizes. We don’t make a special trip to the store for prizes. This isn’t anything super fancy.
We wrap what we have around the house. And the kids love it. Because everything is awesome when it’s wrapped up all pretty with a fancy ribbon and bow.
- Candy canes
- Granola bars
- Matchbox cars
- Packs of crayons
- Tiny notebooks
You name it, we wrap it. Some are fun gifts—prizey prizes—and others are more joke gifts. But that’s what makes it really fun—wining on Bingo and taking a risk, grabbing any of the prizes on the table.
And we also mix up the Bingo games.
- Four Corners: one square on each corner covered
- Straight Bingo: a line of five in any direction
- Letters: ‘L’, ‘T’, ‘X’ or ‘O’
- Blackout: full board covered
- Small Square or Double Small Square: a 2×2 square covered
If the kids are young, then an adult or two will hang out and facilitate the game, but if there are older kids who are responsible enough to manage things, then we let those kids take the lead.
It’s awesome to see how no matter the age, kids love a good, ole-fashioned game of Bingo every so often. And then they see the big box of prizes unveiled, they’re even more excited.
Just a quickie idea and fun way for kids to play with numbers and letters—and they won’t even realize they’re learning along the way!
Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year, filled with tons of games with family and friends!
Here’s to a happy, healthy, peaceful 2015 filled with love, laughter, and time together!
Need some more fun New Year’s ideas?
- New Year’s Family Interview
- New Year’s 20 Questions
- Easy, Affordable New Year’s Traditions
- New Year’s Shakers
- Scratch Off Tickets
- New Year’s Pinterest board
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