Finding something to do with your children on a rainy day can be a challenge. It can be even more challenging to pull them away from mobile devices and video games. It is possible to do it, you just have to make the participate in an activity that’s even more fun. Easier said than done, we know, but we have an interesting idea you might like to try.
We’d like to recommend math bingo as a fun activity to do with young children on a rainy day. Bingo is extremely popular in the UK, but math bingo does more than just teach your children number recognition. Instead of pulling numbered balls, the caller calls out a math puzzle that all the players must solve. It adds to the challenge of the game.
Most math bingo games use the 75-ball bingo variant that’s used in America. The cards use a 5×5 grid with a free space in the middle. The goal is to make a line of five marks from one edge of the card to the other in a straight line, but that’s not the only way you can win. You could set any kind of pattern you want as the winning pattern.
To play math bingo, you will need a set of cards and a set of math problems that match the cards. For young players, you can make the cards and set the numbers 1 through 10 all through the card. This gives players the choice to decide which 5, for instance, will receive a marker. Older players could play with problems for all 75 numbers. If your math skills are up to snuff, you could use problems involving fractions, or even algebra! Google math bingo to learn more about the game and find sample cards and math problems.
If you make the problems challenging enough, reward your children for playing, and keep the patterns interesting, you’ll have a fun and educational way to play with your children on those dreary rainy days. Perhaps you can allow one of your children out of a chore for winning or give them a treat. Be creative!
For more math bingo information visit the BingoMania site.