Thanksgiving Pilgrim Bingo

The Mayflower II One of the classic stories of American heritage is that of the Mayflower Pilgrims and how they survived a very difficult start at Plymouth to eventually enjoy a bountiful harvest.

Here’s a fun variation on Bingo that will give older children a bit of a challenge while letting the young kids fully enjoy the game.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Bingo (With Trivia)

  1. Make a list of facts about the Mayflower Pilgrims and their adventure that you’d like to share as part of the bingo game. Pull keywords from that list to use in the actual game as part of the call list.
  2. Make your custom bingo cards. (Sign up for a free trial here)
  3. Do NOT cover the free space. Unlike other versions of bingo, don’t have the kids cover the “free space.” In the trivia version of bingo, you “win” the middle space by answering a question correctly. You can make this as hard or difficult as you like. Even offer a small prize for answering questions correctly if you like.
  4. Use Mayflower Pilgrim-themed stickers, candies, or crackers as markers for the game and offer a great prize to the first few kids who shout “bingo!” (and actually have a bingo)

Have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving and make sure to answer those tough questions to win that space for a prize!

Thanksgiving Dinner Bingo

We gather at Thanksgiving to celebrate all the good things in our lives. There’s another reason we love Thanksgiving: The food!

Here’s a fun version of the classic bingo game you can play at your dinner table while you’re waiting for the marshmallows on Aunt Marcie’s candied yams to brown.

Thanksgiving Dinner Bingo

1. Find the conductor of your Thanksgiving Dinner (the one who decides what everybody is going to bring and makes sure 15 people don’t bring the same thing) and get a list of all the dishes you’ll be enjoying.

2. Use the list of dishes mixed with words from the Thanksgiving Story to create a call list for your bingo game.

3. Create custom bingo cards just for your Thanksgiving Dinner bingo game!

4. Use little Thanksgiving-themed candies as markers as you call out the words on your list. Whoever wins gets to help with the dishes! =)

Have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving and please let me know if you enjoyed a game of bingo this year!

Bingo For The Classroom

Are you a teacher? If so, would you like to create custom bingo game cards to augment your Thanksgiving lessons?

Here are a few easy steps to creating bingo cards that will help your students make easy work of remembering what makes Thanksgiving so special:

  1. As you go over your Thanksgiving lesson plans, jot down a few keywords from the lesson that you’d especially like your students to remember.
  2. Create your custom bingo cards.
  3. Laminate your bingo cards (or print them out on waterproof card stock) so you can use them again and again, class after class. Note: It might be helpful to try out your bingo cards before having them laminated, just to make sure you are happy with the words you chose to put on the cards. The nice thing about having the software to create custom bingo cards is that you can easily create new cards as your lesson plans change.

Bingo is a great way to build vocabulary and word recognition skills in children. What a great way to help them learn about Thanksgiving and the American heritage!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Creative Ways To Mark Your Bingo Cards

Want to mark your bingo cards with something other than giant green daubers? Here are 3 creative ways to mark your bingo cards:

  1. Candy – Small pieces of candy make great markers and ensure everybody wins in the final round! Remember all the candy you bought on sale after Halloween? Now is the time to use it!
  2. Stickers – Many arts and craft stores offer sheets of holiday-themed stickers you can use to mark your custom bingo cards. (sign up for a free trial!) Most kids love to put stickers on things. Why not have them learn something while they’re peeling and sticking? It’s fun!
  3. Animal crackers – This should be self-explanatory. Playing with food before it is eaten might be against the rules at the Thanksgiving dinner table but it makes for good bingo fun!

With customized bingo cards, fun markers, and a bit of creativity, you should be all set for a rewarding game of bingo that is fun for everybody!

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