What popular game was invented in December 1929? The answer: bingo! To celebrate bingo's invention and give your kids a fun way to practice new vocabulary words, try this innovative spin-off of the classic game.
First, make a card for each player by drawing 9-square grids on pieces of paper. Complete the grids by writing one word in each square, making sure that some words appear on more than one card (you might consult your child's school spelling list or browse through her favorite books for a list of possible words).
On a separate sheet of paper, write a definition for each word. For example, we used "the color of grass" for green and "the opposite of slow" for fast. Gather buttons or coins for bingo markers.
To play, choose one person to be the caller, whose job is to randomly select definitions to read aloud.
The other players search their cards for the appropriate word and place a marker over it if they find it. The first player to land three in a row gets to be the next caller.