Make learning fun with Math Bingo

Make learning fun with math bingo - motherhooddiaries

Have you ever tried to explain long subtraction and addition to a 6-year-old (who is already good at maths by the way)? A certain glaze sweeps over their eyes and within minutes you’ve lost them to a faraway land somewhere in their brain. So, I am forever trying to think of fun ways to teach my boys topics from school that are both engaging and educational. Recently, I found out about Maths Bingo, which I now believe is one of the BEST ways to teach kids maths. At school, turning a chore into a game
is a fantastic way to encourage class participation and keep the children’s attention for the entire class period. Teachers, parents and students alike find that the popular game of bingo is a fun and exciting way to learn math.

A Game Created with Learning in Mind

It might surprise you to know that educators in Germany created bingo more than 100 years ago to teach young learners how to first recognise numbers on sight. Later, as their education progressed, bingo was used as a teaching tool to help students understand how to add and subtract, learn multiplication tables, solve multiplication and division problems and other concepts and vocabulary associated with math.

Using Bingo Today

Since its creation, teachers around the world have continued to use the game of bingo to teach students mathematics at every level. Beginning even in pre-school all the way through elementary school, high school and beyond, students can have fun learning math by playing bingo. Starting with simple math problems and then working up through multiplication, division, and algebra, math bingo can help students feel more confident in solving problems by themselves or as part of a team.

How to Incorporate Math Bingo at home

You can easily create bingo cards in advance, which you can then print out. Or you can let the children create their own cards with paper, a marker and a ruler. Pre-printed math bingo cards are also available on educational suppliers online.

Child finds the solution to the math problem on the bingo card

  • To prepare for the game, you can either create the bingo cards yourself in advance or you can get the children to create the cards themselves. Make sure you have plenty of pencils, scratch paper or calculators for each child to use during the game. It is also a good idea to have few extra cards left over just in case and keep a bingo card template for future use.
  • To prepare for the game, write out all the math problems and their answers in advance. Decide whether you or your child would be the bingo caller. The designated bingo caller calls out the math problem so that they can be worked out by the child. The child then works out the problems either on paper or by using a calculator
  • The child will need about 20 or more bingo tokens to cover up the correct answers that appear on their cards. Some parents have used beans or pennies to serve as bingo tokens as well.
  • The correct answer for the problems as they are called may or may not appear on the cards. If the answer to a question is not on the bingo card for that problem, then a bingo marker doesn’t go down on their card. Either way, children will have to work out the problem to find out if they have the answer.
  • The winner of the math bingo game is determined when the child has five answers in a row in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal pattern. As soon as the child believes they have five in a row, they should shout out, “Bingo!”
  • You may want to have a bingo game that makes use of other types of picture patterns or play blackout bingo until the squares of the entire card are covered.
  • Winners are finalised after all the answers that have been marked on the card are checked against the answers to the equations that the bingo caller has made. If there are incorrect answers, the game continues until a winner with the correct answer is determined.

Bingo is a game that has stood the test of time and is something that both kids and adults love to play. When using bingo to teach math, it can easily be tailored to fit all grade levels. For math-challenged children, the parent or an older sibling can act as a mentor and assist in solving the problems during the game. It is that kind of sibling or parental interaction and teamwork that can also help build math confidence in the long run.

If you have any other fun ways that you teach your children maths or any other school topic, please share with us in the comments below.

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