We are extremely excited to tell you that many of you have been writing to us about making your own bingo games. The questions vary in subject, but overall, you all want to make your own games and throw different kinds of parties related to bingo.
And those are great news! Having a themed party or a simple friends gathering is always exciting and will certainly get your friends excited about coming in for a visit!
Enjoy this step-by-step procedure on how make your own paper bingo cards. Hopefully this will help get your friends get more interested in the wonderful game of Bingo:
- You will need a computer with Web access and a printer. There are several online bingo card generators and some of them are even free. These card generators allow you to choose the size of your bingo card. It can be anything from 3 x 3 (3 rows of 3 squares each) to 5 x 5 (5 rows of 5 squares).
- These card generator sites will let you enter the information that will appear in each square. You can also choose the background color and the theme. Some of the sites allow you to print out a call sheet.
- If you use a customized bingo card, made either online or with your word processing software, you can design a bingo card around any theme. Your bingo cards can have pictures, numbers, math facts, or letters. The first person to complete a line vertically, diagonally or horizontally across the card wins the game.
- For organized games and fundraisers, you will need a bingo hopper and a set of balls. For a homemade game, any objects that are all the same size and shape will do. You can write numbers and letters on ping pong balls or golf balls. You can also use business card stock or small sheets of photo paper to create a photo bingo game. In a pinch, a deck of cards pulled from a hat will work.
- You could also make one using word-processing software. First, create a new document. You can now set the background theme either by importing a photo or other custom design. If you prefer to keep it simple, just use colored cardstock.
- Create a box with the table tools. Across the top of the box, write the word BINGO. A standard bingo card has five numbers ranging from 1 to 15 under the B. Under the I, numbers are 16 to 30. Below N, the numbers are 31 to 45. G has numbers 46 to 60, and O has 61 to 75.
- You can put in pictures, words or any numbers you want. You can also add designs to the sides and corners of the card. The key is to make every bingo card unique. If any two are exactly the same, you’ll wind up with more than one winner.
- Avoid the temptation to use sequences of numbers (1, 2, 3, or 6, 4, 8 for example). One shortcut to creating seemingly random combinations of numbers is to work in multiples of the numbers 7 or 9, since these cycle through even and odd numbers.
- Now you’re ready to print!
Remember that bingo cards only get used once, so there’s no need to invest in fancy paper. Plain computer paper will do. If you regularly hold bingo events or play the game often with your kids, you may find it less expensive to run off a set of master bingo cards and have them copied with a photocopier.
We hope you have a great time with these tips. Making your own bingo game can always be a good reason to spend quality time with your family or friends. Have lots of fun!