Who says summer break can't be educational? Pump up the learning level of your child's 4th of July with this game of patriotic bingo! Before the fun begins, he'll have a chance to exercise his fine motor skills with a round of cutting and gluing. Use the enclosed template to help your preschooler construct his own game. As a bonus, game play will boost his ability to follow directions and strategize!
What You Need:
- Glue Stick
- Pennies for markers
- Bingo template
What You Do:
- Print out one copy of the enclosed template. Have your child cut along the lines and put the pieces in a bowl so that you can use them to call the game.
- Now print out three more copies of the template. Again, have him cut out the pieces along the lines. These are the pieces that you will glue onto the bingo cards. Once they are cut out, mix them up really well! The goal is for each card you make to be different.
- Lay out four blank sheets of paper for your bingo cards. On each card, lay out four rows of four cut-outs each. This will give you a bingo card of four images by four images, or 16 in all.
- Make sure that you don’t have duplicate images, such as two red stars, on one card. There will be images left over. As you work, discuss the 4th of July with your child. What are these images? Why are they a part of the holiday?
- Once the four cards are laid out, help him glue everything down. Set them out to dry.
- Once the glue has dried, get the family together and let the 4th of July fun begin! The winner is the first player to get four in a row or column.