Happy Friday! We are currently ending the week with yet another thrilling game of Zingo: Bingo with a Zing! Lately, Bash has gotten really into games, and I have to admit that I get a little competitive with this one (especially when we play all together as a family)! Bash has been asking for this game upon waking up and we’ve probably played at least 15 times a week now for the past 2 weeks.
This compact game is super easy for kids and toddlers to pick up and learn on the first try. Basically, it’s like Bingo where you have to collect everything on your board. Chips with corresponding pictures / words are drawn 2 at a time from the holder and the first person who shouts out the name of the chip can claim it for their board. Whoever is the first to fill their board and exclaim, “Zingo!” is the winner (well, at Bash’s request, we play until everyone is done, haha, so we all can do the “winner” dance).
Beyond the basic social skills of learning to take turns, I like how this game promotes memory, matching, and initial speech / sight words skills. And probably more fun that flashcards! We always start by having each player name all of the pictures on their boards. Then, we pick three pictures and Bash has to spell each letter (as a fun introduction to spelling and lowercase letter recognition). Then we really get into the game until everyone has completed their cards (and we have to do both red and green sides of course!).
We are loving Zingo and it’s a perfect attention-capturing game for 3 year olds. What are your kids’ favorite games? Have you tried any of the other Zingo versions (time telling, numbers, sight words)?