by Monica McConkey
used with permission, a preview from "A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families"
This is an easy and fun craft for the family to make, one that becomes a challenging game for long car trips, evenings at home or as part of a homeschooling or parish based catechism class. Tailor the words and categories to the skill level and knowledge of the players - you can always make harder ones later.
You will need:
- light stiff cardboard, bristol board (or the inside of cereal boxes)
- fine tipped marker
- clear acetate to cover the bingo cards
- coins, tiddly wink pieces, or reusable stickers
What to do:
Make the Bingo cards, placing the title of the Catholic category at the top of each column and randomly selected answers (belonging to the category) within each column. Rearrange the order of different columns or use different combinations of Catholic categories on each Bingo card, so that no 2 cards are alike. Include Catholic categories such as:
- VIRTUES: charity, faith, hope, temperance, prudence, justice, fortitude
- GIFTS: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, piety, fear of the Lord
- FRUITS: goodness, charity, modesty, joy, peace, generosity, gentleness, kindness, faith, chastity, patience, self-control
- CHARISMS: wisdom, prophecy, knowledge, healing, faith, tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, distinguishing spirits
- APOSTLES: Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Thaddeus, Simon, Judas and Matthias (who replaced Judas)
- ANGELS: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels and angels
- SACRAMENTS: baptism, reconciliation, holy communion, confirmation, marriage, holy orders, anointing of the sick
If you want, you can cover the Binog cards with clear acetate to make them more durable. With the acetate, you can use reuseable stickers without damaging the cards - this makes it easier to play in the car or on people's laps.
How to Play:
Use a list like the one above to randomly call out the answers. Use coins to mark the answers as they are called or place acetate over the 'Bingo cards' and use stickers.
As children become familiar with the various Catholic Categories, they may be asked to define the particular term before they place their marker. Check out the Catholic Catechism and other Catholic Reference texts to come up with accurate definitions.