Buddy Bingo is a dice game that aims to develop efficient addition strategies. Over many years, I have refined the game and successfully played it with students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and it is always a class favourite.
There are 8 different game boards separated into 5 colours (Blue Pink Orange Green Purple). These colours highlight an ability level (from 0-4). Buddy Bingo becomes more sophisticated as it progresses through the levels. Level 2, 3 and 4 have two game boards each and they differ slightly in difficulty and colour.
How to Play:
The game is played in pairs and can be used in math rotations, played by the whole class or used as a one-on-one intervention.
Students roll the dice and add the numbers together to find the total. The number of dice and the type of dice vary, making this the perfect game for all abilities. Students then look for the total number on an open space on their side of the game board.
Simple, child friendly, instructions are provided at the top of each game board.
Once a student demonstrates they are mastering a game board, they can progress to the next level.
• Buddy Bingo Groups poster
• Buddy Bingo Overview poster (explains what students & teachers should be doing at that level)
• 8 game boards in both colour and black/white
• 1-6 spinner
• 1-4 spinner
Each pair will need counters (or a whiteboard marker) and, depending on the level game board selected, they will require 1 (or more) of the following:
• 1-6 dot dice
• 1-6 numeral dice or spinners (provided)
• 1-4 dot dice (I write numbers 1-4 on foam dice) or spinners (provided)
• 1-12 dice
• 1-20 dice
This game aligns with the NSW Numeracy Continuum as each of the game board levels (0-4) correlates with the Early Arithmetic Strategies. It is an ideal game to move students from one cluster to the next. The game can also be used in TEN lessons.