Addition Bingo

Most of us probably remember playing Bingo as kids. Well, how about Addition Bingo in the classroom, or even at home as a way of making "learning how to add" fun and engaging!

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Whatever level of addition you're teaching, we want to have you covered. Whether it's 1-digit, 2-digits, 3-digits, fractions, or signed integers, we'll be adding more and more.

This page serves as a one-stop shop (except the addition bingo games are free) where you'll find bingo addition activities for whatever type of addition your students are working on:

  • Whole Number Addition
  • Signed Numbers Addition
  • Fraction Addition
  • Decimal Addition

Game Preparation

I recommend using cardstock when printing the game boards, and that way they'll last quite a bit longer. You can also laminate the game cards too either with your own laminater.

Here's a quick 4 minute youtube video with four ways to laminate your bingo cards at home even if you don't have a laminator.

How to Play Addition Bingo

If you know how to play traditional Bingo, you're well on your way to enjoying Addition Bingo - the rules are similar - the winner must have five spaces in a row covered on their bingo card with tokens, either horizontally, diagonally, or vertically.

You can either choose a caller to call out the addition problems for each round, or you can have each player take turns calling the addition problems out.

(If you choose a caller, the caller will use the "answer key" to veryify the correct answer after each round.) 

  • Each player starts with a pile of Bingo chips. Bingo chips are what players will use to cover the squares on their scorecards. Any small objects will work as Bingo chips, as long as they can fit inside the squares on the scorecards.

For the bingo chips, you can use poker chips, coins, small pieces of papers, or whatever you like.

  • Have someone shuffle the addition cards and after shuffling, place them face down in the middle of the table.
  • Choose who will go first. The first player draws an addition card and turns it over and reads it aloud.
  • After the addition problem is read aloud, each player takes a minute to answer the addition problem and then looks on their bingo card for that answer. If the answer is on their card, they cover it with one of their bingo chips. 

(If you decided to choose a caller at the start of the game, the caller uses the answer key to read aloud and verify the correct answer afetr every play. Otherwise the player who read the addition problem uses the answer key to read aloud and verify the correct answer.)

Lots of Reasons to Play Addition Bingo... 

Bingo is so simple and even young children can quickly learn and enjoy the game! And that's one reason why addition bingo should be in every teacher and parent's math teaching tool-box.

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