Guest Author - Lynn Little
Ages 3 and up
Players 2 - 4
Playing Time 10-15 Minutes
Thomas and Friends Mix and Match Bingo Game brings the fun of bingo to preschoolers. Thomas and Friends bingo has a few variations that only add to the fun of bingo. Each game can be a new and exciting adventure.
The standard game is recommended for children 3 and up. Each child picks a bingo card and 9 colored chips. The youngest player goes first and rolls the three speciality dice. Then players look for an exact match on their card. To match, the picture must have the same color, picture, and border that is on the dice. When a player has three in a row either vertically, horizontally, or diagnoally, the win and yell "Peep Peep." Children can also play a cooperative game by sharing one card and take turns rolling the dice. Players use one set of colored chips to mark off matches. When players have three in a row, they all win the game
A few variations to the standard bingo game can add to the fun. Speed bingo is a free-for-all where players not only look for matches on their card but on other players cards as well. Be the first to place your colored chip on a spot to claim it. When you have three in a row, you win the game.
With super mix and match bingo, players place all of their card together, making one large bingo card. Players use their colored chips to place on matching squares. Once a spot has been claimed, another chip cannot be placed on it. When a player has placed all nine of their chips then they win the game.
Thomas and Friends Mix and Match Bingo is a good game for preschoolers since it is very easy to catch on to. Parents can help younger players find matches and help them learn colors and shapes. Mix and Match bingo is just one of several games featuring Thomas and Friends.