Friday, September 23, 2011

United States BINGO Game

Just last week my son said to me, “Mom, I know all the news.” Before I could ask him what he was talking about, he rattled off, “New Hamster, New York, New Jersey, and New Mexico.” These kind of unsolicited comments make me smile. Why? 1) Because of his mispronunciation of New Hampshire. 2) Because he’s obviously interested in (and learning about) the states of our great country.

It’s been awhile since we pulled out our Scrambled States Memory Game and although I love it, I wanted to do something new with the states shapes I’d made. Since my son loves playing any BINGO game that I throw at him, I thought it was time to make a version with the states.

Before we got to playing, though, we read Loreen Leedy’s book, Celebrate the 50 States! I was lucky to snag this book at a yard sale and consider it one of the gems of our home library.


I let my son pick his BINGO card and cover the FREE space in the center. Then, one by one I selected a state from a pile of cut-up call cards. I called out the states, he searched his card, and, if he found it, covered it with a coin. Like typical BINGO games, when he had five in a row (across, down, or diagonal), he called out "BINGO!" rather excitedly. FUN! 


Until my son learns the states better, I’ll show him the call cards so he can see the color and shape of the state. Using coins as BINGO markers worked perfectly. Download a set of six game cards here and a PDF of all 50 states to cut up as call cards here. Enjoy!



35 comments:

  1. Just printed these out! Thnks so much :) I'm a new follower via Pinterest! I blog at www.carronhefner.blogpsot.com

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  2. This looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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  3. Oh what a fun idea!! AND the fun thing about homeschooling is that even though we've moved on from the study of the states - we can still implement this "just for extra fun!"
    Isn't it great to watch your child enjoying learning?!

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  4. I'm pinning this one for a rainy day. Perfect activity to help with state names and recognition. Found you via Read.Explore.Learn.

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  5. I will definitely be printing these out! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing;)

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  7. very creative! I also love inventing games to make my kid love learning... I am also trying to be creative to make her lessons fun, exciting and not that stressful for her young mind. Thanks for the idea, now I have a new idea on how to make her learn how to read number words. Thanks!

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  8. This is awesome. My daughter learned her states mostly from Stack the States iPod game. Best $2 I spent in a while. She actually is better in recognizing the States than me.

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  9. You are so great at these printables!!! Thank you for sharing another awesome activity!

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  10. thank you fro taking the time to share these... wonderful!

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  11. Fantastic! I love this and will definitely be printing off these for some small groups in my 2/3 class- I'll need to try to make a number of different looking cards too for a class set! Your activities are great! Thanks for your brilliance!

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  12. CM, how many cards would you need? The next few weeks are pretty busy, but if you can wait 3-4 weeks, I might be able to crank out more unique cards so you'd have enough for your whole class. E-mail me (address on the ABOUT page).

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  13. Another great states game! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Very cool! I downloaded the cards to play later. My younger two will love this! (Me too! LOL) Thanks for sharing! Hoppin' over from the History and Geography meme at All Things Beautiful! (Glad I did!)

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  15. FANTASTIC!! I shared your link on my FB page!! Thank you!

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  16. I have decised to just "pin" your whole blog, you have SO many amazing and free things here!

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  17. What great freebies you have here! Thanks so much. I've pinned quite a few things tonight.

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  18. Hi, I want to thank you for this -- very nice! And also I want to let you know that I sent some of these games abroad in packages for a cultural exchange. You can read more about it on my blog if you want to. Thought you might be interested to know that your freebie is a world traveler. :)

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  19. Oops, here's the link to the post where I tell about the cultural exchange:

    http://mommyearth.blogspot.com/2012/05/our-cultural-exchange-packages-have.html

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  20. I love to read and appreciate your work.
    bingo online

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  21. I love love love your site! You are so creative and have helped me make it fun for my kids as I would have never thought of most of these ideas. You are an amazing mom and THANK YOU so much for sharing all your ideas. I am ever so thankful and I know my kids will be also. I am sharing your link with a bunch of my friends. Tammy

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    1. Ah, Tammy, thanks for the compliments! I'm SO glad you've found some useful activities here and that your kids find them fun! Stay tuned for more great deceptively educational ideas throughout 2013!

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  22. Thank you so much!!! I just found your blog and have already printed off 3 activities! Thanks for making them so easy to download and print. I just bought a wooden 50 states puzzle and this will go perfect with it!

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  23. Just wanted to add I took your tip for the presidential stick timelines and used packing tape to laminate the call cards and the bingo cards themselves! I am going to find a manila envelope and use the 'United States Bingo' that printed off with the call cards to label the envelope! Thanks again we love the game!

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  24. Thank you so much. This will go perfectly with what we'll be studying this next year!
    Casey

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  25. Thank you for this resource! I am using it at a church homeschool group.

    What a blessing!

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  26. You are amazing! I tutor at our local elementary school and love every one of your activities. Thank you so much for sharing. I always direct people to your blog.

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  27. I just printed this out tonight to use in the next few weeks as we start up our state studies. But the kids saw me laminating them, and they INSISTED on playing it tonight! So even though it's past bedtime, I'm letting them play. After all, learning can take place at any time! Thanks for the great resource! Even the 3 year old is playing and yelling out the names of the states! It's a blast!

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  28. I love that your calls New Hampshire, New Hamster. My son does that too. And he calls Delaware, Doverware lol

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  29. Thanks for another game that fits in perfect with our big Geography for Kids study. I will be sharing this game with my blog readers!

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  30. Such an awesome fun way to teach U.S. geography! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  31. My son loves geography, and this is such a perfect game! Thanks for sharing :)

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  32. thank you so much., we are starting to learn a state a week and this will be a fun activity to end each week

    Melissa @ the joys of home educating

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  33. These are great! Thanks so much!!

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