Ahh Halloween…there is a chill in the air and a far-away howl echoing through the trees. As the days countdown, each becomes a little more spooky. With all the costumes, the parties, and the gobs of candy beckoning, it can be hard to keep your students paying attention to you.
Just like other activities, some times you need a new shock for your bingo game to keep it spooktacular. A great way to clear out the cobwebs, and keep the little monsters from becoming zombies, is to allow different winning bingo configurations in addition to the standard horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.
Spooktacular Bingo Variations
Here is a list of bingo variations to get you started:
1 — Four Corners. Pretty self-explanatory. Cover the four corners of the card.
2 — The Box. Fill the four lines around the outside of the bingo card.
3 — The Little Box. Fill the center square and the eight squares surrounding it.
4 — X Marks The Spot. Fill both diagonals running through the center square.
5 — The Cross. Fill both the vertical and horizontal lines that run through the middle square, also known as The Plus.
6 — Rows. Starting with the first row, fill the first, third, and fifth rows. Or, fill the second and fourth rows, maybe for a smaller prize.
7 — Stripes. Same rules as above, but use for the vertical. Also known as columns.
8 — Blackout. Another self-explanatory variation. Blackout your card by filling every square. This variation can also be called Coverall.
9 — Letter Bingo. Create patterns for each letter of the alphabet, or even better, let your students figure out patterns for each letter.
After playing a few games and trying some of the variation above, your students will very likely have new ideas of their own on how to make the game better. Encourage them to explore and innovate by allowing them to create their own variations and then trying them out on the whole class.