Bingo: For Kids' Sharp Cognitive Skills

Alphabetical, numerical, and geometrical cognition of children, especially ages 3 to 6. This is what bingo for kids does so adequately. It is fun and easy and the whole family can join in. It's fun in classrooms, too.

A family setting is many times better than a classroom, no matter how nice the latter is. Kids learn faster if they learn with the family. Hence, kids get their first lessons effectively from moms.

Another fact, kids learn fast at play time. You don't lecture to kids; you sing and play with them to teach them. Combine these factors and you get sharper kids.

Now, what better and simpler way to play with kids to make them learn than through playing Bingo? The whole family cannot enjoy playing building blocks or reciting a - b - c, or one, two, three but they can by playing bingo with them.

Bingo can help greatly in the kid's familiarization with the alphabet. We may well go beyond the letters of bingo and improvise cards that present the other alphabets. Short names of nursery story characters may be good alternatives, like Porky or Humpy. Or probably use the kid's name. Like in Porky, it could go like, "P-3, O-16, R-35," and so on.

Marking off numbers on the card as they are called out can improve number recall in the child two ways. First, audibly, they hear the numbers blurted out. Second, they look for it on the card and mark them off. With elderly aid at first, they will gradually develop cognition for these things in a lively spirit of play. Later they go through it alone.

Much later they themselves call out the number, and that's good initial numbers and alphabet recitation.

Forming the winning bingo patterns shapes a child's ability to recognize geometric figures. He learns the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal (left and right) lines. Then he learns the square, diamond, cross, V-shape, and the corners of these figures. The marked off numbers forming a pattern can even serve as a dotted outline to help him with the rudiments of line drawing.

Bingo can even help out the child in recognizing healthy competition. He learns the virtue of finishing first, and finishing accurately - a misplaced mark on the card forfeits winning. He learns the value of patient waiting, good listening, and alertness in getting the right letter and number.

Betting, of course, is out of the question. Even building blocks can be turned into gambling with betting and some imagination. But bingo minus the bet is a tool for kids' education. It hones the child's initial cognitive skills in reading, math, and science.