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Christmas Bingo

by Charlotte Jain (follow)
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Use excess wrapping paper to make this fun game of Christmas-time bingo - an easy game for the whole family! Bingo is a classic game that can be traced to lottery games of 1530s Italy. Modern bingo became a standardised game during the 1920s by Hugh J Ward, who authored the rule book on Bingo in 1933.

Use this Christmas spin on this traditional game of chance for some Christmas fun!

Glue or sticky tape
Extra wrapping paper
Sheets of coloured A4 card
A marker pen

Making the game

Gather up some extra wrapping paper that contains holiday images.

Slice strips of wrapping paper, then chop out groups of matching pictures. Cut out at least 9 different types of pictures or characters, and enough of the same images to fill each player's game card.

Use a ruler to mark out 1 or 2 A4 sheets of card to make smaller squares of the same size. Make one card for each wrapping paper image.

Glue or tape one of each image onto the smaller cards. Set these aside - these will become the bingo draw cards that we use later in the game.

Take A4 sheets of card and slice each in half. Make one for each player.

Use a marker to mark each card into 9 squares.

Glue or tape wrapping paper images into each of the playing card bingo squares. Make sure each player's card has a different layout of images on each.

How to play

Give each player a bingo game card.

Shuffle the smaller bingo draw cards.

Have one player draw a card.

If the playing game cards contain the image on the draw card, mark that square on each game card.

Draw the next bingo card in the deck.

Mark any matching squares on the game cards.

Draw from the deck again, marking matching squares on the players' game cards, until one player matches 3 squares in a row.

Win the game by matching 3 squares in a row, either up, down, across, or diagonally.


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