I’m so excited for this fun and one of a kind Back to School Game: Alphabet Bingo! You’ll play a classic game of bingo while picking out a silly way to sing through your songs that will have everyone involved and having a blast!
Back to School Alphabet Bingo Game
How to Play:
Post a large bingo card on the board to play together as a Primary. Cut out all the letter cards and shuffle them into a bowl.
Have a child come up front and draw a letter card. Mark off the space on the bingo card. You can use the cut-out X’s or stars, or just grab a fat marker to cross off the space.
Use the silly singing time activity tied to each letter to sing through your song of choice.
Continue to sing through your choice of song or a mix of songs and drawing letter cards after each one until someone scores a bingo! You can continue playing until you run out of time after that or switch to a new activity.
Alphabet Bingo Actions!
- A: Airplane arms in your spot
- B: Buzzzz like a bee
- C: Clap with every word
- D: Dance through the chorus
- E: Echo sing
- F: Finger light actions
- G: Grow tall, tall, tall then small, small, small
- H: Hide the words (no peeking)
- I: Identify the missing words (fill in the blanks)
- J: Jump on keyword
- K: Knock, knock to the beat on your chair
- L: Lights out (sing in the dark)
- M : Mingle! (switch spots with a neighbor)
- N: Name the next word (hot potato style)
- O: Onward, marching onward (in place)
- P: Pat your lap on every note
- Q: Quake (shake) on the last word of the line
- R: Rhythm sticks tap
- S: Sit and Stand on keyword
- T: Trace the song images in the air
- U: Unite & sing (stand and sing like a choir)
- V: Vocalize your vowels (sing with emphasis)
- W: Wave on references to self
- X: Xerox (copy) your neighbor
- Y+Z: Yawn (sing slow) and Zoom (sing fast)
More fun Ways to Play Alphabet Bingo Game
- Pass out individual bingo cards. I’ve included 25 different cards with mixed up letters. Every card includes all 26 letters (Y and Z share a space) so every letter card drawn they will get to mark off a space!
- You can use M&Ms or another small candy like smarties or gummy bears to mark the spaces. Let the kids eat their candies once they’ve scored a bingo! Or, pass out stickers for a candy-free alternative.
- Use this activity as a getting to know you game! Invite a child to come up and pick a card. Then, ask them the matching favorites question and have them share their answer with the entire Primary to better get to know each other.
- If you’re a new music leader, you might answer the getting to know you questions yourself so the Primary children can get to know you better, and ask the children that come up to tell you their name.
- Skip using the letter cards and randomly select a child to come up front. You could draw their names from popsicle sticks or have the teachers help pick a child from their class. Everyone gets to mark off the letter from that child’s name (first or last).
- See if you can find a child who’s name starts with the letter drawn to help you lead the music! You could choose to invite all the children with the same letter to come up front.
For another fun game to play in Primary, head over to see this cute Heads or Tails Review Game!
Alphabet Bingo Printable Game
The free printables for this post includes a 1-page bingo card in alphabetical order for easy use at any age! You’ll also find 3 pages of letter cards to cut out and use for drawing which letter to mark off. Plus, a 1-page list of all the different letter themed actions!
You’ll find a set of 25 mixed cards for a more traditional bingo game (1 winner) plus additional print sized included in the INSTANT Primary Singing Membership in the September New Testament packet. You can also pick up the Alphabet Bingo packet in my shop or in my Etsy shop here.
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For another super fun themed game for Back to School, head over to see this What’s in my Backpack? Review Game!
What other fun ways could you extend or adapt this alphabet bingo game for your Primary kiddos?