Get ready to play a unique version of Bingo every day! In this activity, you’ll make your own family game card and score a Bingo by cooperating with other members of the family.
You will need the following supplies:
one large square of poster board or paper measuring 50 cm x 50 cm (20″ x 20″)
24 small squares of paper, each measuring 10 cm x 10 cm (4″ x 4″)
felt-tip markers or crayons
stamps or stickers for marking off Bingo squares (or make your own stamp from a potato).
- Start by brainstorming as a family, listing ways that family members can submit to or cooperate with one another. You’ll need at least 24 ideas. The list below will help get you started.
- Work together to illustrate your 24 ideas, drawing one idea on each 10 cm x 10 cm square of paper. For clarity, also write a description below each illustration.
- To make your family Bingo card, tape or glue the illustrated squares in a five-by-five grid on the large poster board. For the centre square, add a free square that says “unity” and is illustrated with a heart. Explain that when family members cooperate, the result is unity instead of discord. (Discord means having grumpy attitudes toward each other.)
- Post the Bingo card in a prominent location and play the game for a few days, letting your children take turns crossing off the relevant squares as the cooperative tasks are completed. Your goal is to complete one row (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) per family member. For example, if you have four people in your family, complete four rows. Celebrate your family’s accomplishment with a special event that everyone will enjoy.
Here are some examples of submission and cooperation you may wish to use for your Bingo squares:
- Let someone go ahead of you through a doorway.
- Let someone go ahead of you while you are waiting in a line.
- Walk away from a potential conflict.
- Let another person speak first.
- Pass the food, when asked, during a meal.
- Before having seconds, offer them to others first.
- Let someone else choose which game to play.
- Let someone else choose which music to have on.
- Let someone else choose which DVD or TV show to watch.
- Allow another child to play with a favourite toy first.
- Eat a food you are less than fond of without whining.
- Say nothing negative for an hour.
- Overlook a fault or a negative comment.
- Sit still while someone combs your hair.
- Cooperate with the person helping you to get dressed.
- Plan and / or make a meal together.
- See someone working and offer to help.
- Help another family member clean their bedroom.
- Do a job that requires two people to complete (i.e. folding a blanket or a sheet, or sweeping the floor with one person holding the broom and the other holding the dustpan).
- Share a treat.
- Give someone else the larger portion of dessert.
- Carry a heavy object together.
- Share a sink.
- Do a job quickly, without complaining.
- Everyone help clean up after supper.
- Forgive someone before they say sorry.
- Set the table together.
- Share a small space without shoving and pushing.
Psalm 133:1 “
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
Philippians 2:1-2 “
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”