I love playing bingo games with young kids. However, I sometimes struggled to find ones that preschool aged children can independently play. I wanted to try one as an icebreaker for kids during the first week of school. Since I teach a lot of science, I made this ‘Senses Bingo’ filled with everything children may have seen, smelled, tasted, touched and heard during their summer holiday. It is a great activity for early elementary!
The pictures are hand drawn and kid coloured, which I love. But what I really like is the fact that even really young children can play the game because it is picture based. I gave each student a clipboard and a laminated copy of our ‘Senses Bingo’. We quickly went through what each of the photos were, just to make sure it was clear. Students then walked around the room and stopped when they came to another student. They then looked at each others sheets and crossed off an item that they experienced over the summer. (ie. they tasted roasted marshmallows or smelled the smell of a swimming pool/chlorine).
It was a great activity to get kids moving around, but still focused on a task. It also encouraged kids to think about their summer and introduce the idea of their senses. If you are interested, a link to the (free) printable is available.
Link to printable: Science Icebreaker