Traditional bingo is crazily popular, but doesn’t provide much English other than a touch of listening.

With the Genki English version the kids get tons of English speaking practice but still love it because they get to play bingo at the end! Here’s the video we took at the workshop the other day ….

Part A:

1. Give each kid a piece of paper.
2. In the middle square they write an age. Not their own age, but any age between 1 and 12. If the kids are all tending to write the same age, use dice to choose. Or tell them to write an age between 1 and 12 and then swap sheets with the person next to them!
3. They then go and ask their friends “Hello,Β how old are you?
4. The friend responds by saying “I’m… ” and then the age that is written in their middle square.
5. The person who asked then writes this age in one of his/her vacant places on the worksheet.
6. If they already have that age written down they must pass and go and find someone who has a different age!!
7. The game finishes when everyone has filled all 9 squares.

Part B

1. Everyone sits down in their seats.
2. You play theΒ Ball and Music game.
3. When the music stops everyone asks the kid with the ball “how old are you?”. And they respond.
4. If anyone in the class has the age they cross them out on their bingo card.
5. The first person to get 3 in a row wins!! (Or whichever bingo rules you wish to choose!)
6. Do theΒ “How old are you?” song to finish on a high!


Richard Graham

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7 Responses to “Better Bingo Game!”

  1. Margit

    Finally got it. Videos are amazing time savers. Thanks.


    How many students do you need at least?

  2. richard

    You’d need at least one for each square so 8 + teacher. Or I guess maybe you could have each kid write two things in the middle. Then you could maybe get away with 4, but I’m not sure that would work!

  3. dianalewis

    Love the bingo How old are you ? it gets the children talking,great job.

  4. Nathalie

    It works! Just tried it and the children love it. They talked a lot!
    And when the children are happy, so am I!!

  5. Sonja

    Great idea! I’ll try it tomorrow with my 2nd graders.

  6. Raffaela

    Lovely! What should I do for classes with kids aged almost the same?

  7. richard

    You tell them to make up ages, I often tell them it has to be a different age and ban their real age!

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