Number bingo! – a fun way to practise learning numbers

Number bingo is a fun game to help beginner English learners recognise numbers. For some reason my adult learners always really enjoy this game, I think it helps to relieve the pressure of being a beginner and makes them realise that learning English can be fun too.

Give each student a bingo card. If there aren’t enough for every student, you can use multiple copies of each card.

number bingo

Explain that you are going to read out a number between 1 and 30 and that students should check whether the number is on their card. If it is, they should circle it. Explain that you will continue calling out numbers randomly until a student has crossed off all the numbers on their card. The student must then either jump up, stand up, or put their hand up and shout Bingo!

So far, so easy, and your students are probably feeling fairly confident about the exercise, so introduce the concepts of plus and minus. Explain what plus and minus mean by doing a few simple sums on the board.

Now start the game by reading randomly chosen sums from the bingo master card. Make sure to make a mark next to each sum, so you don’t repeat yourself. Repeat each sum to give the students plenty of time to do the calculation and check their card.

Go through the master card until the first student shouts bingo! Stop the game and check the winning student’s card, rather than end the game, continue to read out the sums out until every student has finished or there are no numbers left.

Repeat the game once or twice, with one of the students (maybe the previous winner?) playing the role of the bingo caller.

Number bingo printables

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