Bingo has become a favorite game for us at our New Year’s Eve parties. My computer whiz husband wrote a program that lets you enter in what you want on the cards, and it generates as many cards as you want (with the words or even pictures on the squares all mixed up just like real bingo) and slips of paper to pull out of a “hat” and call out.
For our New Year’s Eve party, we have one of the kids ask each of our guests soon after their arrival what is something significant that they did during the past year. We use their answers on the bingo cards. We usually also have each of their names on another square. Then when my husband pulls out a slip of paper and calls out what’s on it– “N48, graduated from middle school” or something like that–everyone guesses who it was that did that this past year.
At Thanksgiving, we put on the cards what we are thankful for (see images below). At Valentine’s Day, you can put something you love about different members of your family or party guests. You can use it for school parties, bridal showers or birthday parties, etc. It’s great for adults, teens, and little kids.
Data entry screen for the Bingo Generator
One of the resulting game boards created by the Bingo Generator
Pieces for the Thanksgiving Bingo game created with the DIY Bingo Generator
For Christmas this year, my 2 year old daughter gave my husband a “Deluxe Metal Bingo Cage Set”. He will probably throw out the cards but he will use the “Bingo Cage With Automatic Random Ball Selector” to pick the numbers and keep track of what has already been called out. He can then reference the printout from his Bingo Generator to say what the custom phrase or picture is.
Besides being able to put in your own short phrases for each bingo number, you can insert pictures or clip art in each cell. You will want to keep the file sizes of these very small or your printer may have a very hard time printing it all. You can also change the BINGO title to a different 5-letter word, but make sure each letter is unique. A friend of ours used it at a bridal shower and replaced “BINGO” with the bride’s name–LINDA. Perfect!
You can be creative in the markers you use, too. You can just cut up squares of paper, or use cold cereal, candies, whatever.
Have fun playing your custom Bingo game with your family and friends!