Calendar Bingo

By Activity Bank on Jul 11, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase

This fun, hands-on activity teaches about calendars and the concept of time while also teaching number recognition, ordinal numbers and taking turns. Lessons include Concept Development, Social Skills, Math, and Independent Living.

Materials

  • Old calendar pages or teacher-made calendar boards for the visually impaired (see note below).
  • DYMO® tape (or raised letter label maker) to make braille numbers and days of the week.
  • Four sets of number cards 1 to 31 in braille and large print
  • Tokens or other items with which to cover the space on the calendar card that matches the information called out
  • Teacher-made spinning board
    • Use a heavy cardboard circle divided into seven pie shapes, each slice containing a name of a day of the week. Make the spinner arrow from heavy cardboard and attach it with a paper fastener.
    • Note: spinning board may be replaced with a box containing eight sets of days of the week cards. The caller must draw from the number box and the day box.

Procedure

  • Each student is given a page from an old calendar as a playing card (cards may be brailled or separate cards may be made for the players who are blind).
  • One person or the teacher is the designated caller.
  • The caller reaches into the box containing the number cards (four sets of numbers from 1 to 31) and picks up one card. Next he spins the day board to determine the day of the week.
  • The caller then calls out both items, such as “Monday the 20th.”
  • The players locate the correct day and date on their calendar cards or calendar boards. If they have the correct number, they cover it with a token. (It helps to attach small pieces of masking tape to the tokens to keep them in place throughout the game.)
  • The first student to cover all the numbers in a row or column is the winner. Have the student identify how he has won, for example, “I have covered all the days in one week” or “I have covered all the Mondays on my calendar.”

 

Variations

Note: To make calendar boards, use sturdy cardboard divided into six rows and seven columns. The rows and columns may be made with Wikki Stix, or by dipping yarn in glue. Next, braille the days of the week across the first row, each day having its own square. Then place braille numbers in each square. Do not duplicate cards.