Bingo is always a hit in our house and this Addition Bingo is no exception!
Not only is this game great addition practice for my 7-year-old, but it’s also good reinforcement of numbers and color recognition for my 5 and 3-year-olds. It doesn’t hurt for them to hear these addition facts over and over in a fun game-type way.
I recommend that you print this game on cardstock and laminate it if you have a home laminator. It will last much longer that way! My kiddos don’t seem to be very gentle with games, so laminating is a necessity at our house. It takes around 20 minutes from start to finish to prepare this game, including the laminating time.
Also, this game uses a lot of printer ink. If you would prefer to print it in ‘Black Only Mode’, you can color code it by using markers to create the different game boards and equation pieces, using the original colors as a guide.
How to Play Addition Bingo
I constructed this Addition Bingo to be very similar to its counterpart – Subtraction Bingo. The rules are the same as traditional Bingo in that the winner must have 5 covered Bingo spaces in a row, either horizontally, diagonally, or vertically.
Instead of using traditional B-I-N-G-O columns, I used different colored plus signs. So the name of each column is the color+plus.
To start, the first player draws an equation, states the color and answers the equation aloud.
Example: Clara draws a yellow 3+3. She says to the other players: “Yellow 3+3 equals 6. Yellow 6.” Then everyone else looks on their boards to see if they have a Yellow 6. If they do, they put a token on the space.
Note: If you’ve already printed out Subtraction Bingo, you can use the same tokens. So don’t waste your printer ink on them if you don’t need to! Also to save on printer ink, you can use anything else you have available to use as tokens: beads, counting bears/blocks, M&Ms.