Collectors Bingo

maths teachers - addition and place value bingo gameHere's another 'why didn't I think of that' moment - a stunning place-value and calculation activity (well, we think it's fairly stunning). I had nearly forgotten about it until we started looking through some old work files in the garage.

We've spent some time updating it and giving it that 'mathsticks' touch. It's a game which encourages children to practise addition as well as think carefully about place value.

The fun maths game can be played by a group or even by the whole class.

You need a set of cards (download the attached file and cut them up - if you laminate them and let the children use 'wipe-off' pens the cards can be used hundreds of times). Shuffle the cards and give each child three. They place them in front of them in a row; this becomes their maths Bingo board.

Now, you also need a blank dice with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 20 - the numbering is important. Roll the dice to select a number at random and all of the children write this number on any of their Bingo cards. The aim of the game is to write down a collection of numbers on each individual card which add up to the number in the corner of that card.

Here's Eddie's set of cards after 11 numbers have been 'called'.

maths - addition and place value bingo game

Eddie has managed to complete Card 25 and Card 28, and is waiting for a combination of numbers to give him a 3 in order to complete Card 36.

The first person to complete all three cards is the winner. Naturally, it is useful to discuss the strategies and the calculations that the children used to play the game. If the children work in pairs to complete a row of cards between them, then they can discuss where they are going to place each number whenever it is called. Children can always ignore a number (missing a go) if they don't think it will be useful. However, once a number is written on a card it cannot me 'moved' to a different card.

It may also be useful for the teacher to stop the game after a while and ask different children which numbers they are 'waiting' for, and/or if there are other combinations of numbers they could use at any point to complete their cards.

Instead of a dice you could use the digit cards (included in the pdf file) and turn these up randomly.

Once the children are familiar with the game you could change the numbers on the dice (or the digit cards. For example, using 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 would make children focus carefully on addition. while numbers such as 1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 30 would focus more on place value.

Children could also be invited to write the numbers freely, anywhere or on the card; or encouraged to organise the numbers with care - either horizontally, or vertically.

The 6-page pdf download includes instructions, 27 numbered bingo cards and two pages of digit cards. Here's a thumbnail image of four of the pages:

collectors bingo - place value game


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annea's picture

 My Primary 4 children loved

 My Primary 4 children loved this game. They worked in mixed ability pairs and enjoyed the competition!
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neenabharani's picture

 Already excited to play this

 Already excited to play this game with my class!!! Who doesn't love a good game of bingo? Thank you! 
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alisondavis's picture

Great looking resource. Can't

Great looking resource. Can't wait to try them with my year 3 children. I'm sure they will love it!
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porker's picture

 Thank you :-) A simple idea,

 Thank you :-) A simple idea, easily differentiated according to the needs of the children. I'm going to use it tomorrow! 
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Great twist on an old

Great twist on an old favourite!
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torr.b's picture

It only printed out 9 number

It only printed out 9 number cards and not the full set as listed.
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torr.b's picture

Great resource. I thought I

Great resource. I thought I could use them for the children to draw base ten under also.
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helen16072003's picture

Thanks for this idea - about

Thanks for this idea - about to download this resource to include in my planning for this week, thought my L Ability group might not be able to manage the game but this is a great way for them to use the cards in a different way
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teachinginitaly's picture

Looking forward to using this

Looking forward to using this maths teaching idea next term. :-)
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sassyl's picture

Fantastic resource for my

Fantastic resource for my less able Year 4s!  Lots of fun with maths.
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lenamont's picture

It´s a simply and idea, but

It´s a simply and idea, but the game will really challenge the students to think ahead. They will surtenly improve their strategies when they played it a few times. Can´t wait to use it after springbreak ( easterbreak in sweden :-)). Thanks!
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latterbrunnen's picture

 Just played this game with

 Just played this game with my class today and they loved it! Great to pair mixed abilities up so they can help each other.   
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Ellie1974's picture

 I can here it now - "Shhh,

 I can here it now - "Shhh, don't tell Miss this is fun or she will get us to do something else"
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anne help's picture

Another great resource - my

Another great resource - my competitive boys will love this!
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mslavern42's picture

 This game looks like so much

 This game looks like so much fun. I am going to try it next week. This will help the students think about collections of numbers in a fun way.
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s Maydom's picture

  i can't open the

  i can't open the attachment. HELP!
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johdu's picture

Sorry to hear you are having

Sorry to hear you are having trouble with this. Try, right-clicking on the link and choosing 'Save as...', you should then be able to locate the file once it has downloaded and open it directly. These file errors can me the result of a software glitch. Try updating your browser and or your Adobe reader software to see if this makes any difference.

I hope this helps.

 

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kateel's picture

 As a supply teacher, I am

 As a supply teacher, I am always looking for useful resources to keep in my bag of tricks! This is one of those resources!  Many thanks for this, and all the other fab things you have on your website! Just brilliant!
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dkirkuas's picture

It is a great game for both

It is a great game for both supply teachers and homeroom teachers alike. My grade 1 (year 2) students loved it! It was challenging but once they got the idea it worked perfectly.
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johdu's picture

Thanks for the positive

Thanks for the positive feedback. Always good to hear that these maths teaching resources are proving so useful. Cheers.

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ltgoheen's picture

 Great game! I am going to

 Great game! I am going to try this tomorrow!
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gepocock's picture

Wow, can't wait to try this

Wow, can't wait to try this out with my SEN kids Thanks
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wlawton's picture

Awesome resource. My students

Awesome resource. My students are really struggling with place value and I think this will really help !
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Mel-p's picture

 This game looks great. 

 This game looks great.  Looking forward to trying it with my class for addition and multiplication.
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maths's picture

Great idea for the classroom!

Great idea for the classroom!
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yoyo123's picture

 great as a warm up for whole

 great as a warm up for whole class and also for small group work.   Thank you
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deeno's picture

 I can see that these will

 I can see that these will become very useful, the sort of resource which will find LOTS of uses.  Thank you.  
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nickstar's picture

this a great idea - the cards

this a great idea - the cards are bright and cheerful. Am planning to use them with my class tomorrow and know they'll love them!  
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nickstar's picture

this a great idea - the cards

this a great idea - the cards are bright and cheerful. Am planning to use them with my class tomorrow and know they'll love them!  
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yoyo123's picture

 as usual a simple idea given

 as usual a simple idea given a twist!   I really like this, easy to differentiate and will be perfect for my maths  booster and sen pupils.
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