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# Play Math Flash Bingo

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Flash cards, while an effective way to learn and study, can often be tedious and repetitive, especially for your second grader.  Math Flash Bingo is a great way to engage your child with the math concepts she is learning, while making it fun for her at the same time.

### What You Need:

• Flash cards of choice (addition or subtraction)
• Blank unlined paper (enough to create BINGO cards for all players)
• Pencil or pen
• Crayons or BINGO markers (plastic chips, coins, kidney beans)
• Computer and Printer (optional)

### What You Do:

1. Before playing the game, you must make the Bingo cards.  You can either create the cards by hand or use a computer. You will need to create the cards by making a 5x5 square table (5 rows and 5 columns) on each card, and write the word "BINGO" across the top (one letter per column).
2. Inside each square, use your pencil or pen to write a number. These numbers are the answers that correspond to the equations on the flashcards. If you are working on addition or subtraction flash cards, these numbers will usually be 1-20. Place them randomly on the card.  Some numbers will need to be repeated.
3. You will need at least two players to play Bingo. Give each player a Bingo card and Bingo markers.
4. Each player will take turns answering a flash card.
5. Find the answer to the flash card. Cover the square where the answer appears on your Bingo card using one of your Bingo markers.
6. Put the flash card to the side. Continue answering the flash cards until someone has covered enough squares to reach Bingo.

This game can also be adapted for older children to practice their multiplication and division cards. Simply create different Bingo cards using different numbers to correspond to the multiplication and division equations you are using.

Don’t be surprised if she wants to play Math Flash Bingo each time you get the flash cards out to practice her math facts!   She’ll be a math whiz in no time!

Victoria Hoffman, M.A., is an elementary school teacher, writer and mother from Leonardtown, Maryland. She has taught grades K-5 in both regular and special education classrooms.

Updated on Mar 19, 2012
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