One of my favorite summer memories from growing up is completing a Reading Bingo Card.
My mom would take me to the library where we could pick out 24 books to read over the summer. Once we got them home, mom would write all the titles in a bingo card and we’d start reading. Once a book was completed, we could cross of the square just like a BINGO card. When we got a BINGO, we won a prize. I remember some of the BINGO prizes being troll dolls and window shopping trips to town, always something small and inexpensive. It was awesome and I loved it!
I want my kids to love this too, so I’m implementing Reading Bingo in our summer plans this year.
My only rules? The books you choose must be age appropriate!
You can’t just pick out a bunch of elementary reading level books for your card when you are going into 8th grade! Sorry, Not productive!
I found a great printable for a Fill in the Blank BINGO Card HERE. You can fill in the squares with the names of your books and print it out. I’m not a fan of my own handwriting, so I love going this route.
This was Maci’s first card this summer… but we had to go to the library and update her list after she was able to read a Junie B Jones book in less than 2 hours. That’s way to easy. These kids need to work for their prizes.
I also like to add one book that is a little harder or above her reading level so she can strive to be better. This year we chose Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Just in case the others aren’t really challenging, before she can get a BLACKOUT and claim the end prize she needs to be challenged a bit.
I like to keep the prizes for a BINGO fairly small, if they makes it through the whole thing I will need 12 of them.
I usually grab a few things from the dollar bin at Target that they can choose from. Being summer, it’s fun for the prizes to be summer themed; pool float toys, water guns, maybe an inexpensive sprinkler, a new pool noodle. Your options are endless and can be as big as your overall budget.
The blackout prize will be a big one; probably a dinner and a movie date or maybe a shopping trip to get a new outfit for school in the fall.
Sometimes, I let them decide what the BIG Prize is. If it’s something they really want, it’s something they’ll work extra hard for.
I sure like seeing this a lot better than seeing them watching tv or playing on phones and ipads.
Maci’s friend, Michaella, is spending the night today, and we even have her on board the BINGO bandwagon.
Now I’m off to make a BINGO cards for Ryleigh and Michaella.
If you’re looking for something to keep your kids’ brains active over the summer months, look no further.
Here is a printable BINGO card I made for the girls. Just print it out and fill it in.
Enjoy your Summer!