Roll & Build Bingo

By Joan Moss and Bev Caswell

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Curriculum – Number Sense and Numeration

Kindergarten

  • Investigate (e.g., using a number line, a hundreds carpet, a board game with numbered squares) the idea that quantity is greater when counting forward and less when counting backwards.
  • Investigate some concepts of quantity through identifying and comparing sets with more, fewer, or the same number of objects.
  • Begin to make use of one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects.

Setting

  • Child playing one-on-one with an educator.
  • Children playing in pairs.

Materials

  • Download: Roll and Build Bingo game board
  • 2 Dice
  • Unifix cubes of the same colour for each player (95 is the absolute maximum number of unifix cubes needed per player)

Summary

Players take turns tossing two dice and finding the sum of the two numbers. If that sum is available on the game board, the player builds a tower using that many unifix cubes and places it on the corresponding number on the game board. Players take turns until someone gets a bingo, either by occupying 4 squares in a row or 5 squares in a column. 

Lesson

  • Player 1 tosses two dice and find the sum of the two numbers (e.g., sum of 7). Then s/he builds the corresponding “tower” (in this case, 7 unifix cubes tall), and carefully places that tower on the corresponding number on the game board.
  • Player 2 takes a turn, repeating the same procedure.
  • This continues until someone gets a bingo, either by occupying 4 squares in a row or 5 squares in a column. 
  • If a player gets a sum that is not available on the game board, then s/he loses that turn.