This Spring Picture Book Bingo Game is an easy way to welcome the season and have a little fun reading! Scroll down for the free printable.
Spring is here and I could not be more excited! I mean, it's not June yet, and June is what I'm most excited about. However, Spring gets us that much closer and I'm ready to see a lot more of the sun around here.
To welcome Spring, I put together this fun Picture Book Bingo Game. It's a simple and easy way to encourage more reading and have a little fun while you do it.
Picture Book Bingo is also a great way to really help your kids engage with a story and dig into a book with purpose. My kids have had so much fun scouring each page looking for a worm or a pink flower.
How Picture Book Bingo Works
First, get a stack of Spring themed Picture Books (Check out our Big List of Favorite Spring Picture Books).
Next, grab your Free Printable Picture Book Bingo Card (at the bottom of this post) and something to mark your squares with. You can use buttons, pennies, Cheerios, etc.
Now, you're all set and ready to read and play!
What's On the Card?
The Picture Book Bingo card has 25 squares. Some are just pictures of things to look for in your Spring Picture Books: Find a Robin, an Umbrella, or a Daffodil.
Other squares ask you to find and read a specific type of book: Read About A Rainy Day, or Read A Book About A Garden.
How Do You Play?
You can play to black out the whole board, or just find Five in a row. If you have older kids, you can make it a little competitive (or not!). If you're child reads on their own, Picture Book Bingo is something they can do all by themselves. However, it's also fun to do together and have some cuddly quality reading time.
This would even be fun in a classroom, or to send home with elementary students as "fun homework."
What Ages is this best for?
Picture Book Bingo is fun for a wide range of ages. Even little ones, as young as 18 months, can have fun trying to find a rainbow while you read to them!
Basically, if you have kids that still enjoy reading picture books or listening to someone read to them, this will be a fun reading activity!
How Long Does it Take?
It can take as long as you want it to. You can read a book a day and make it last for a month, or read a whole stack and play the game in an hour. It's entirely up to you!
I'm often a big proponent of doing things for the sake of doing them. At our house, we don't read books for grades or rewards. Reading the book is the reward in and of itself.
That being said, you can use Picture Book Bingo as a game and I do think that prizes in games are fun.
You can keep it simple and offer rewards that you probably already have around the house, like fruit snacks and stickers. But, if you want to have a little more fun with it, here are some Spring Themed Prizes:
- A Packet of Seeds to grow
- Kid Sized Gardening Gloves
- Gardening Tools for Kids (my four year old is crazy about his watering can!)
- A New Spring Picture Book
- An egg decorating kit
- A Kite
- A Bug Box
- Sun Print Paper
One of my favorite places to find all of these kinds of prizes is the online shop called Imagination Childhood. We've been buying their products for years and they're such great quality (this is not sponsored in anyway). Take a look at their gardening section for kids!
Get the Free Printable Bingo Card
If you're ready to play and you'd like a copy of the Free Printable Picture Book Bingo Card I made, just plug your email in below and a copy will show up in your inbox right away!