You might already know that bingo is a pretty versatile game. It can be played almost anywhere, both in real-time in a bingo hall or online. Bingo’s versatility has lent itself to several very different and unusual versions of the game. Here are some of the more interesting ones that we’ve found.
This particular version of bingo is aimed at the parents, grandparents, and caretakers of toddlers rather than the kids. Each square features behaviors that toddlers are famous for. Everything from throwing a toy to throwing a tantrum in the middle of a store, to refusing to eat foods or falling asleep from sheer exhaustion are featured. More specialized versions are available for situations when taking a trip with a toddler by a plane, train or automobile.
Kindness or Pay It Forward Bingo
This bingo game can be played by both kids and adults. This particular game of bingo involves doing nice things for others. Squares feature such actions as spending time with a friend, writing a letter to a friend you haven’t seen in awhile, to buying them a cup of coffee, offering to pay their bus fare or other thoughtful gesture. This game is especially great if played as a blackout bingo game. The idea is that the winner of the game isn’t the only person who wins – a lot of people are also winners on this one.
Finals Week Bingo
This bingo is especially aimed at college students and their families. Finals are stressful enough. Playing a bingo game may be a way to relieve a little of the tension. Squares on the face of the bingo card include things such as falling asleep in the library, crying in frustration over pretest questions, to hearing someone ask the question “How are finals going?”. This game is all in good fun and it might even take your mind off your grades at least a little bit. Other college bingo versions that can be found online include Orientation Bingo, Faculty Bingo, and Boring Class Bingo.
If you’re a news junkie or pay attention to politics at home or abroad, this particular bingo might provide a bit of fun in the face of various crises. Bingo cards can list things such as Presidential press conferences, interviews with various world leaders of current administration staff members, or unusual headlines. You can make it up as you go and see how often the items on your card come up each day.
Thrift Store Bingo
If you love a good bargain, sometimes you can find fantastic treasures in second hand or thrift stores. Playing thrift store bingo can add an extra element to it that can bring a scavenger hunt element to your search for bargains. Draw up a bingo card and include both items that you are looking for and some of the more unusual things you might find in a resale shop. Strange items such as old Christmas decorations, unfinished needlework, Mel Gibson movies on VHS, Mister Roger-type sweaters or bell-bottom pants. Be sure to include a square for a special, unexpected treasure at a great price, too!
Brand Name or Billboard Bingo
Traveling across the country or the city can be tedious at times. A game of billboard bingo can help break up the monotony. Place well-known and obscure brand names on your cards and mark them off along the way. Brand names can appear on billboards or even on the sides of trucks that are making deliveries. You may also include on the cards, certain makes of cars to make it even more interesting.