Did you know that the famous game, bingo, was once called another name?
In it’s early days the game bingo was referred to as beano because they used beans to mark places on their cards. However, bingo has evolved into a family-friendly game that we have all grown to love.
Instead of not knowing what game to play, why not consider bingo?
Continue reading to learn how to play bingo so that your family game night is a success.
Tips for Learning How to Play Bingo
Before jumping into learning how to play bingo, it is important to understand the general concept of the game.
In bingo, each player is given a unique card with numbers in a grid. Along the top of the grid, it spells out BINGO and going down, the rows are numbered 1-5. In the middle of the grid, a square is labeled “free” or will be marked by a star.
As numbers are randomly called, players cover their numbers. When an entire row is covered, they yell out “bingo” and if all numbers are correct, they win!
This game is quite simple to learn but has its tips, below are some of the best when it comes to playing a successful game with the family.
1. Save Your Money
Many stores have bingo sets that you can purchase, but did you know that you can get a free bingo card set online?
Printable bingo cards can save you time and money when you want to play. So even if you don’t already own the game, you can easily throw it together within a matter of minutes.
If you don’t have bingo markers or stampers, you can also consider using beans, pebbles, or any other small items in the home.
2. Choose Someone to Be the Caller
Before beginning to play the game one of the most important things that you must decide is who will be the caller.
The caller is the one who randomly selects the number and letters that players mark on their cards. Although it seems like this person will only be able to do this task, they can actually play along in the game with everyone else.
3. How to Identify Winners
One of the most fun aspects of playing bingo is being able to yell it out when you have marked 5 boxes in a row.
If the player has accurately covered 5 squares in a row on their scorecard, they must yell out “bingo” to signify that they have won. At that moment the caller will pause on calling out any more numbers and letters.
If multiple people yell out bingo at the same time and are accurate, all of them become winners.
This Game Is a Winner
Learning how to play bingo and incorporating it into your family game night will become an all-time favorite.
Not only is this game easy to play, but it is also perfect for large groups and the game materials are easy to get.
Bingo is an excellent game that involves everyone in the family, the caller plays an important role but is also allowed the chance to play! Your family will love playing bingo on a night in together.
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