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Category Bingo


Children read books covering all kinds of subjects before they can cover a row of squares on this special bingo card -- a fun way to broaden their reading interests.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
  • Reading
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
  • Minimal
  • Indoor, Outdoor, Traveling
  • Play

MATERIALS: Paper, pen, ruler For each player, make a five-by-five-square grid on a piece of paper.

Mark the center square with an X, or write something clever on this free space, like "Already Booked." In the other squares, write a subject category -- mystery, sports, animal story, biography, science, fantasy or science fiction, history, and so forth. You can repeat categories. A child reads a book in one of the categories, then marks an X on the appropriate square. To get bingo -- five in a row down, across, or on a diagonal -- your child will have to read books in several categories. Encourage your kids to get bingo in several directions. Bingo prizes might include a new book or some new art supplies.

Category Bingo