A friend told me that she had played Summer Bingo with her kids last summer and they all loved it. I decided to give it a try!
|Here are the rules to Summer Bingo. Make them fit your family!|
We start out with the Bingo card (see top photo). Each square is filled with a different activity. All of them are easy for kids to do on their own (or with minimal help) and there is a good variety of things that are fun and things that are chores. Each time an activity is completed, they receive a star on that square. For each row of stars, they receive a ticket. Tickets are collected in a jar (one for each child) and can be redeemed for all kinds of different things.
An important point that I keep stressing with my kids (we're on week 3 of playing Bingo!), is that the basic chores of the morning must be completed before starting to play Bingo (dressed, teeth brushed, breakfast eaten, rooms picked up and any other chores done).
I was a bit skeptical at first that my oldest son, who is 14, would want to participate. But our first week, all four kids were motivated and excited and all four of them filled up every single square! It was a fun way for them to keep busy and do things they might not come up with themselves. I'm pretty sure that my oldest three are saving up all their tickets for the big cash prize. Can't say I blame them!
|Here are their jars with the tickets. The tickets are just cut up pieces of paper -- highly technical.|
play a board game with a sibling
ask a parent for a job to do, and do it
play outside for an hour
read for 1/2 hour
call a long distance friend to say hello
go for a bike or scooter ride with a sibling
practice typing for 30 minutes
make lunch and eat it outside
write a letter
do an act of kindness for a family member
listen to an audio book for an hour
put together a puzzle
sketch something from nature
color or draw for 30 minutes
build something with LEGO or Playmobil
practice your instrument for 30 minutes
listen to classical music for 30 minutes
scrub a toilet
fold a load of laundry
play Wii Fit for 30 minutes
play an educational website
take photos of nature and show them to a sibling/parent
read poetry for 30 minutes and tell your favorite