5 Easy Ways to Make Bingo More Fun at Halloween!


5 easy ways to make bingo more fun for Halloween (and all year round!) Looks-Like-Language
Spiders and spooky eyeballs! Oh, my! 

Halloween is such a fun holiday and so much language can be elicited! Last post I focused on working with little ones, but this activity is geared toward older kids.

Halloween Bingo Toss from Looks-Like-Language
Tape any Halloween themed pictures that you like to the bottom of plastic containers with compartments. I used four empty ravioli plastic containers, but cookie containers have them, too. 

Spooky Halloween Bingo- Looks-Like-Language
Then, get really cool Halloween toys that are safe to toss for the game. I found some eyeballs and spiders to toss that my kids will like.


There are lots of variations for playing this game, but the way I’m playing this year is using inference cards. I will read the inference card out loud and the first student to say the correct name gets to toss their Halloween toy. 

If they land on the target, their game marker stays there. If not, the next student gets a try. If no one lands on the picture in the specified number of turns, that card goes back in the deck to try again later and all of the Halloween toys go back to the students. Play continues until someone gets 3 in a row. If time runs out first, the student with the most items tossed in the game is the winner.


Other variations include:


Rapid naming race: Students start their Halloween toy in a corner of the board and have to move across the rows (or up and down the columns) to get to the other side to win. According to their needs, they have to rapidly name (the Halloween item, a describing word for the pictured item, an associated item, etc) for each square within the time limit. When they take too long or get blocked, they stop and it is the next person’s turn.

Individual No-Toss Play: Separate the picture boards and the associated inference cards so that each student has their own. Place their inference cards in a pile in front of them. Students take turns reading the cards and making an inference, covering the picture if they are correct. If incorrect, place the inference card back on the bottom of the pile to replay. The first student to fill their game board wins.

Use Your Language: Have the students toss first and then correctly define, describe, or use the vocabulary in  a sentence in order to keep their Halloween item in the game.

Play ‘Bump’: Have the students provide whatever their typical target is before tossing. All tossed Halloween items stay wherever they land unless someone lands on top of them. Then they get bumped back to the student. The first person to get the designated number in a row wins.
I use this game idea for Halloween, but if your students love it, you can change out the vocabulary and play it for any holiday!



If you don’t feel like finding your own pictures and writing your own inference cards, you can find mine here or here!
I hope you are having a spooktacular time leading in to Halloween!
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