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Pocket Bingo

Target: Various - usually listening & understanding listening
time limit
Age: kindergarten aged & up
Duration: aound 5 minutes per game
Class Size: small
Energy Level: medium to high
Type: Various - usually physical
Equipment: Pocket Bingo Sheet, Cards, Timer

There are many ways to do this game, depending up the age and number of participants. Essentially the game involves making one or more bingos by creating card pairs and putting them into matching pockets. A clear plastic wall pocket sheet (in Japanese: 透明ウォールポケット) for displaying CDs makes an excellent Pocket Bingo Sheet . We use a 4 by 6 wall pocket .

Typically, a pocket bingo set uses four items and four different colours. The items run horizontally and the colours vertically. See the photo in the sidebar. One set of cards is used to do the bingo calling. The other is usually placed on the floor face up or face down according to the variation being played. Here is a question list that can be used to generate different varients:

  1. Cards are face up or Facedown?
  2. Players look for one card at a time or for individual cards at the same time?
  3. Players ask for cards or are told which cards to get?
  4. Players are given the card to look for or it is kept hidden?
  5. The teacher is the bingo caller or all players have a go being the caller?

With very young children I usually have them looking for cards individuallly rather than racing to find a particular card. If the card set is new I will often give them the card or show them the card to make it easier to find the match. If I keep the card I hold it seperately at the bottom of the pack so I know what cards are being looked for. Once children are familiar with the vocabulary I stop giving them visual hints.

With older children I may get one group doing the calling and another looking for the card being called. I hand the card over to the child that finds the match. After 90 seconds or so I get the groups to switch roles. Alternatively I will set the timer for five minutes and get the children to take turns asking, "Do you have..?" questions. I give full answers to help them. Eg:

Child 01: Do you have a red candle?
Teacher: No I don't. It 's not red it isn't a candle.
Child 02: Do you have a green bell?
Teacher: No I don't. I have a bell, but it isn't green.
Child 03: Do you have a yellow bell?
Teacher: Yes I do!
Child 03: Give it to me, please.
Teacher: Here you are.

With this variation I usually put the pair cards face up in groups to make it easier to remember what has been asked.

Once a child has a pair of cards the child puts the cards into the bingo group. Depending upon their age children may need some help to work out wich pocket to put the cards into.

However the game is played it is important to use a timer. This creates a sense of urgency and creates more of a challenge.

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