Math Bingo takes the popular game, Bingo, and transforms it into a repetitive mathematical challenge for children. This game is traditionally a game for the elderly, and is the most widely played numbers game in the world. Even children know the pleasures of playing the game, and using it to teach math is a concept children will quickly be drawn into. Math Bingo isn’t just a game, it’s an app for most well-known devices. In the app, a set of 20 questions or more is timed at the child’s respective level of knowledge in math. Division, multiplication, addition and subtraction are implemented in the questions that are placed in squares, like the squares for numbers in the game. Fourth grade students, for example, are able to add and subtract large numbers. First grade can handle one and two digit numbers in adding and subtracting, and multiplying and division are learned in third grade.
Rewards for Correct Answers
For each correct question, the Math Bingo app answers back with a happy, animated figure, and the figure fills the squares as the child correctly solves the problems. The timer continues throughout the game, instead of counting down like a stopwatch. Watching a timer that is counting down takes away from the fun of Math Bingo, which is teaching children to expand their math skills. Before playing the Math Bingo app, children should have some iota of how math works. The app then takes over, giving children the opportunity to fill their squares without realizing they are learning life-long lessons.
Variants to Enjoy
There are many variations to Math Bingo, as an app or a classroom game. Some of the games are for smaller children and some are more difficult than basic arithmetic. One website for teachers suggests Decimals Bingo, in which players can learn decimal numbers and convert fractions to decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are each games in Decimal Bingo. Decimal Rounding Bingo is yet another teaching game. Math teachers have taken to adapting this game for math instruction, and now use Geometry Bingo and Roman Numerals Bingo. Bingo is also used to teach shapes, and games are 2D Shape Bingo and 3D Shape Bingo.