Today we’re starting a two-week-long focus on the new season: Autumn! And while I call this game “Fall Bingo,” it’s really not bingo at all. It’s much easier than that! I simplified this activity to keep it fast and easy enough for the two-year-old attention span. Worked like a charm!
I started by creating our “bingo” cards. I just chose some fall-themed clip art on Microsoft Word and inserted it into a table. These images are the perfect introduction to the season, because they provided conversation starters about fall leaves, pumpkins, apples, scarecrows, and the like.
I laminated our bingo cards so that we could reuse them again and again. That step certainly isn’t necessary. Another option would be sliding them into some plastic binder inserts to protect them.
Bingo Card #1:
You will notice that our bingo cards only have 4 squares, and they don’t use any letters on the top. As I mentioned earlier, my goal was to keep this easy so that my two-year-old could play with us. If you want to try this with your own kids, just create a board that is age appropriate for your little ones!
Here’s Bingo Card #2:
These duplicate pictures were placed in a mug to be used during the game.
Another great tool? These washable dry-erase markers, which we can use on laminated surfaces and then wipe right off. As an added bonus, they’re practically odor-free (unlike the traditional dry-erase markers that stink up a room).
I gave each boy his own marker and then explained the rules. Daddy would pull a picture out of the mug. If it matched a picture on their board, they could cross that picture off with their marker. The first one with a completed board would be the winner!
Gibbs listened intently and checked off his boxes as his pictures were pulled.
He was very excited when he was the winner!
Casey, on the other hand, was very excited about the markers!