Unexpected Uses of Bingo Cards Around the World

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A Brief History

Nowadays, when it comes to thinking about bingo gaming and bingo cards, you will be forgiven for immediately thinking about it in the sense of nothing more than gambling; however, like many other kinds of traditional games you can expect to find and play with online at Barbados Bingo or otherwise, there are many unexpected uses of bingo cards around the world to be seen. 

Like its counterpart poker for example, online and offline this humble game which was once only to be found in a casino has been utilised over and over again in order to help promote and teach education and creative learning with the entertainment factor. 

The rules of poker, much like the rules of bingo, when used in more unexpected and unconventional ways than what we know the games for changes depending on what the objective of the games are and the results that are expected or that do come out of them. There will still be things like prizes and other kinds of usual stuff you can expect when you play a game of bingo or poker, but certainly the rules of the game will not be the same when they are being played to educate or teach.

Digging Deeper

Bingo cards as educational tools 

One unexpected uses of bingo cards around the world comes in the form of an educational tool. Bingo games have long been used in the place of a learning tool around the world in multiple formats for any given education level. 

Bingo cards are sometimes used to teach in workshops too and other kinds of places like this where non formal educational techniques are more admissible. It is easy to do this too, with multiple platforms across the web offering templates which can be printed out easily and played with. Bingo cards are also used in schools to help classes maintain a better focus and enthusiasm for whatever it is that is being taught. 

One class which is an obvious place to utilise bingo cards is in maths – the teacher may teach geometric shapes, and as such would describe the shape to the class who would when need a matching shape to shout bingo. 

Bingo cards as shopping lists and tools of distraction 

As anyone with a small child or a baby will know, shopping in a food store is not always the most fun chore to complete with them in tow. Kids in general can be a real hand full, but there is just something about being in a grocery store that can make them behave even more feral than usual. 

Here is another place where unexpected uses of bingo cards really come in handy. It is mostly helpful if the child can read, but if not, instead of writing a shopping list, pop pictures of different things you need to buy on a bingo card with glue and give them names if you want to encourage reading, and kids can tick it off as they go.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Gibson, Walter B.  Hoyle’s Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games: Rules of All the Basic Games and Popular Variations.  Three Rivers Press, 1974.

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“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad." "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland