If you’re looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity – this Thanksgiving Bingo is the perfect afternoon activity! This bingo is fun to play in a classroom or for a Thanksgiving gathering. You can do candy or non-candy treats as the bingo markers. If you choose candy, the kids can keep the candy after too!
If you’re looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity – this Thanksgiving Bingo is the perfect afternoon activity! This bingo is fun to play in a classroom or for a Thanksgiving gathering. You can do candy or non-candy treats as the bingo markers. If you choose candy, the kids can keep the candy after too! Thanksgiving BINGO part 1; Thanksgiving BINGO part 2; Be sure to download both parts! To cover the squares when a picture is called, you can use flat clear marbles or even colorful fall candies like M&M's! And bonus, getting little ones to use that pincher grip is a great way to strengthen their hand muscles. This Thanksgiving Bingo game is perfect to play while the turkey cooks or for a fun Thanksgiving party. All you need to do is print the game cards and you’ve got a fun Thanksgiving game! The smell of turkey cooking in the oven, the parade on the TV, and anticipation of the holiday season kicking off this weekend.
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Thanksgiving Bingo – Free Printable Cards
For a fun indoor Thanksgiving activity – try out this simple Thanksgiving Bingo game. You can even do this after your Thanksgiving meal as a fun game to play together.
The printable also comes with a full page of calling cards. You can cut these up and place in a jar for selecting or just choose the images at random.
This free printable includes 10 Bingo Cards and if you have more kids you can double up for teams.
Supplies Needed for Thanksgiving Bingo
White Paper or Cardstock
Bingo Markers – see marker options we suggest you use below
Optional – Self Laminating Sheets
If you want to keep your bingo cards to reuse them every year, we recommend laminating them.
If you don’t laminate the cards and print them in black and white, Do-A-Dot Markers are great for this activity.
Bingo Marker Options
Candy Options: Candy Corn, Pumpkin Candy, Reese’s Pieces
Non-Candy Options: Pom Poms, Buttons, Plastic Pumpkin Pieces
Pencil or Markers: You can have kids cross out the spots with a marker or a dot marker
How to Set-Up the Thanksgiving Bingo
First print off the calling card and bingo cards (link to the free printable below).
1. Cut out the calling cards and place them in a bowl or jar for selecting.
2. Cut out the bingo cards. Each player gets a bingo card. If you have more than 10 players you can put kids into small groups to play together.
3. Use a candy or non-candy item as markers. When the image is called out, the player puts a marker on that image.
4. When calling out the images – you can describe the image or show the picture.
If you are printing in black and white, you may need to give more clues about the detail of the picture for the images that are similar. For example, there are 2 pumpkins. One has a face and one does not. There are also a few different leaves.
5. You can play for a line (5 in a row) or a full card. The first person to get a line says “Bingo!”. You can keep playing afterwards for more lines if you have more prizes to give out. There are 30 cards to choose from so a full card may result in having a few people winning at the same time depending on the number of players. We recommend playing mostly for lines because of this. Mix up the cards and start a new game after a few lines have been won.
How Can I Play With More People?
There are 10 unique cards included. If you have more than 10 players you can break them up into small groups and play in groups of 2-3 players. You can also hand out similar cards and have more than one winner at a time.
How to Print the Bingo Cards
Make sure you review the Print Preview before printing. Every printer is different so make sure you select “Print to Fit to Size” or look at the printer Scale Features (you can print at 90% scale) in your printer settings so that it does not print cut off.
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I look forward to Thanksgiving each year for the opportunities it provides to teach my children a bit about the United States’ history. I know quite a bit about the European settlers who came over to this continent, and I am learning more and more about the Native American people who had already lived here for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans.
The relationships between the early European settlers and the Native people is more complicated than I was taught in my history books, and it is a relationship that interests me quite a bit. I am also very interested in the diet of the Natives and early settlers: how they learned to grow food on a new continent, the help they received to grow their food, and which foods they were ultimately able (and not able) to grow.
In fact, the dietary options available to the pilgrims is a focal point of the Thanksgiving holiday, when we eat several foods that were likely eaten at the first harvest festival celebrated by the pilgrims and their Native American friends.
In honor of the upcoming American Thanksgiving holiday, I have created a free Thanksgiving Bingo game for you to download and enjoy with your children.
Note: For more Thanksgiving printables your kids will love, see my Thanksgiving Activities for Kids page.
Did you know that playing Bingo can help children develop their executive functioning skills? Executive functioning skills are controlled by the frontal cortex of the brain, and they are integral to the development of important skills such as impulse control. (We all want our kids to exhibit better impulse control, right?)
Changing up the rules each time you play Thanksgiving Bingo is a great way to give kids’ executive functioning skills a workout. For example, the first time kids need to get a straight line to win. The next time kids need to get the four corners to win. The next time kids need to fill in all squares to win. Mixing it up like this will help kids develop flexibility in their thinking.
My Thanksgiving Bingo game printable features a total of 10 different playing cards. Here is a sneak peak at the first six:
And here is a sneak peak at the calling cards used for playing:
Two different versions of the Indian cards are available, so you can choose whether you prefer the term “Indian” or the term “Native American.”
The “Indian” cards are featured in the collage above, and below I have an image of the “Native American” cards.
You can play blackout Bingo, four corners Bingo, or line Bingo with these cards. No matter how you play, my Thanksgiving Bingo game provides a great opportunity to learn Thanksgiving-related vocabulary.
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