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How To Play Bingo

There are several variations of the game Bingo. The most popular version is what we call Classic Number Bingo. This is the Bingo game most people have either heard of, seen, or played. This game uses numbers along with the letters B, I, N, G and O. Other variations can use different numbers, math equations or even words.

The general rules and procedures for Classic Number Bingo and a few
variations which we provide card makers for are described below.

 
     
     
   
     
     
 

Classic Number Bingo

 
     
 

Classic Number Bingo is played with a card as shown in Figure 1. The card is a grid of five columns and six rows. The top row is filled with the letters B, I, N, G and O. Each column is designated one of these letters usually arranged into the word BINGO.

Each column has five different numbers except for the N column which has four because the middle square is usually a free space. Each square in the B column will contain one of the numbers 1-15. The I column will contain 16-30. The N column, 31-45, the G column, 46-60 and the O column will contain one of the numbers 61-75. We provide an endless supply of bingo cards with our Free Printable Classic Number Bingo Card Maker. Link is provided below.

You also will need a call sheet or some way to randomly call the letters and numbers. The way they are called is, for example, B-1, O-66, N-37, etc. Many people who play bingo use numbered balls. They mix them up and draw them one by one. On this site, we provide free printable call sheets as shown in Figure 2. They can be used in a similar manner by calling the numbers down the columns or rows. Our call sheet makers shuffle the numbers so each call sheet generated is different.

Classic Number Bingo Card
Figure 1 - Classic Number Bingo Card
 
         
    Classic Number Bingo Call Sheet
Figure 2 - Classic Number Bingo Call Sheet
   
         
   

The final thing you need is some way to mark the called squares. This can be done as easily as using a pen or marker or you can use a coin or some type of similar marker. We provide free printable markers that you can print and then cut them out to use. The link to the free markers is shown below.

Once you get all of your bingo materials, you need to decide who is the Bingo Caller. This is the person who will call the numbers from the call sheet. This person also will be the one to verify all winning cards.

Now you are ready to play bingo. The Bingo caller starts the game by calling the first numbers. If they were to call B-6, for example, you should check your card in the B column to see if you have the number 6. If you do, you place a marker on that spot. The game continues in this manner until someone calls Bingo! To call Bingo! you must cover any five squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The free space in the middle counts as one square and you can immediately place a marker on that square.

There is also a variation with this game sometimes called Blackout. The idea here is to not only cover 5 squares to win, but to cover the entire card.

   
         
   

To create and print Classic Number Bingo cards and call sheets visit this page:

Free Printable Classic Number Bingo Card and Call Sheet Maker

For Free Printable Bingo Markers visit this page:

Free Printable and Personalized Bingo Card Markers

   
         
       
         
   

Bingo Variations

There are many variations of the game Bingo. We will cover just the few that we provide cards and call sheets for on this site.

   
         
    Bingo Variation #1    
         
   

Another way to play Bingo is to do away with the B, I, N, G and O columns. In Figure 3, that row is used to name the card. The card and call sheet is filled in like Classic Bingo, but when you play the game, the Bingo Caller will just call out the corresponding number, equations or words.

In this example case, as shown in Figure 3, we have filled the squares with addition equations and answers. The corresponding equations and/or answers are also entered into the call sheet. For example: (2+2=4). The equation (2+2) was entered into the Bingo card in Figure 3. The answer (4) was entered into the Bingo call sheet shown below in Figure 4).

Our Free Personalized Bingo Card and Call Sheet Maker will provide text boxes within a grid for both the Bingo card and the call sheet for you to add your numbers, equations or words (Variation #2 below shows words used). You will then click a button to shuffle your inputs and place them on a card or call sheet grid for printing. Repeat the procedure to generate more random cards and call sheets.

Personalized Math Bingo Card
Figure 3 - Personalized Math Bingo Card
   
         
   

Personalized Math Bingo Call Sheet
Figure 4 - Personalized Math Bingo Call Sheet

To play this variation of Bingo, the Bingo Caller would call a number or equation from the call sheet, for example, (7+6). The players would complete the equation and see if the answer, (13), is on their card in any column or row. If it is, they can mark that square. Or the Bingo Caller may call (8). The players would see if any of the equations on their card has the answer of (8). If so, then they can mark the square. This can be played the same as Classic Bingo with the winner either covering 5 squares in a row or you can play the Blackout variation and try to cover the entire card to win.

   
         
   

To create and print Personalized Bingo cards and call sheets visit this page:

Free Personalized Bingo Card and Call Sheet Maker #1

For cards and call sheets with math equations and numbers pre-loaded visit this page:

Free Personalized Bingo Card and Call Sheet Maker - Math(Addition)

For Free Printable Bingo Markers visit this page:

Free Printable and Personalized Bingo Card Markers

   
         
       
         
    Bingo Variation #2    
         
   

This variation of Bingo is similar to Variation #1 described above, except instead of numbers and equations, the cards and call sheets are filled with words instead. The words entered into the Bingo card need to correspond in some way to the words entered into the call sheet.

Figure 5 shows a sample of this type of variation. In Figure 5, we show a Bingo card with words entered. The theme here is Verbs-Past and Present Tense. The Bingo card in Figure 5 is filled with past tense verbs. The call sheet for this game, as shown in Figure 6 below, is filled with corresponding present tense verbs.

In this game, the Bingo Caller calls out a present tense verb on the call sheet such as "give". The players will place a marker on the square which has the corresponding past tense verb which in this case is "gave".

The rest of the game is essentially the same as above with the winner having either 5 covered squares in a row or, for the Blackout game, the entire card covered.

Personalized Verbs Bingo Card
Figure 5 - Personalized Verbs Bingo Card
   
     
  Personalized Verbs Bingo Call Sheet
Figure 6 - Personalized Verbs Bingo Call Sheet
 
     
 

To create and print Personalized Bingo cards and call sheets visit this page:

Free Personalized Bingo Card and Call Sheet Maker #1

For Free Printable Bingo Markers visit this page:

Free Printable and Personalized Bingo Card Markers

 
     
   
     
  Bingo Variation #3  
     
 

The last variation that we provide is one in which the words used for the Bingo card are the exact same set of words used for the call sheet. This variation is great for young children. It is very simple and easy to understand, yet just as fun.

To create cards and call sheets, all you have to do is enter a set of words one time. Then you can print cards and call sheets separately using these same words. Figure 7 shows a Bingo card with animal names entered into each square. Figure 8 below shows a call sheet with the same entries.

To play, the Bingo Caller will just go down the call sheet list saying the animal names. The players will place a marker on the square which is called.

The winner is either the player with 5 covered squares in a row or, for the Blackout version, the entire card covered.

We have a free card maker with these animal names already pre-loaded and ready to print. See the links below.

Personalized Animal Bingo Card
Figure 7 - Personalized Animal Bingo Card
 
     
  Personalized Animal Bingo Call Sheet
Figure 8 - Personalized Animal Bingo Call Sheet
 
     
 

To create and print Personalized Animal Bingo cards and call sheets visit this page:

Free Printable and Personalized Bingo Card and Call Sheet Maker - Animals Theme

For Free Printable Bingo Markers visit this page:

Free Printable and Personalized Bingo Card Markers

 
     
   
     
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