Activity: Number Recognition Bingo

Recently, the folks from reached out to me to ask if I’d be interested in sharing an exclusive, fun learning activity that parents can do with their kids. They work with teachers and curriculum developers to create educational activities and other resources for kids. Given how much big D loves math and loves learning, I thought it would be a great resource both for our family, and to share.


The Number Recognition Bingo activity game below is a great way for parents and kids to practice their math skills together, and is perfect for a rainy (or snowy — it’s coming, folks!) day.

Kids will love this competitive spin-off of the classic Bingo game. And guess what — parents will, too!

This game strikes the perfect balance between fun and learning, and you can quickly and easily make it at home.

As they play, your child will practice number recognition and listening skills.

You can play this game as a family, in the classroom, or at a party– and let the learning (and fun!) begin.

What You Need:

  • An empty canister
  • Thin cardboard or sturdy paper
  • Scissors
  • A magic marker
  • Paper
  • A ruler
  • Ink dot makers – one per child
  • Small prizes, like pencils or sticker sheets

What You Do:

  1. Cut the cardboard into small squares, about 1-1/2″. Write a number on each square using numbers from 1 all the way up to 20. If your child is exceptionally good at counting, use numbers between 1 and 50, or 50 and 100. Place all the numbers in an empty canister and set it aside.
  2. On the paper, use the ruler to draw a grid with 5 lines across and 5 lines vertically so that you end up with 25 boxes. Make a few of these so that each person playing has at least one grid. You might want to go down to your local print store and make some copies of the grids so the next time your child wants to play, they won’t have to wait for you to make new ones.
  3. Write numbers on each square on the grid in a random order. If your child is old enough to write numbers, invite them to help you, but if their handwriting isn’t legible yet you’ll want to take the lead on this one.
  4. When every grid is filled with numbers, you’re ready to play! Hand each child a number grid and a colorful ink stamper.
  5. Take out the canister filled with the small number squares and withdraw one number at a time. If the number you call out is on your child’s grid, have them put an ink dot over the number. The first player to fill in five squares in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) can jump up and yell, “Bingo!” for a prize!


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