These free printable winter bingo cards will put the WIN in winter! Winter Bingo is the perfect activity to liven up the cold, dark winter days.
Bingo is one of those great games that doesn’t require a ton of thought, that you can play during a casual afternoon while you sit and chat. We love it for family gatherings.
The game is easy enough for most elementary-aged kids to set up and play on their own using the provided instructions. Plus no reading is necessary, so the youngest players don’t need extra help to join in.
I created these free printable bingo cards with 30 cute winter icons. There are frosty outdoor and cozy indoor ones, themed to cover the entire winter season
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Free Printable Winter Bingo Cards
They’re a great option for classroom winter holiday parties, to keep the kids busy over winter break, or scout group activities. But they’re not just for young children! Bingo is also a fun winter party game for adults or senior center activity.
Snow day? Once you finish the outside play and hot chocolate, break out the bingo cards!
There are 6 unique cards in the free download, perfect for family game night or small groups needing a fun winter activity. Larger sets of up to 50 different cards are available in my online store for class parties and other large groups.
We like to store the game together in a large zipper bag with our other bingo games so we can easily play a fun game any time.
Setting Up the Free Printable Game
I highly recommend prepping your Winter Bingo Game in advance. It won’t take long, but it’s easier to just take out the game when you’re ready to play.
First, download and print the free winter printable cards and calling card page. The sheets are designed 2 per US letter size page to save paper and printing costs.
Mid-weight white cardstock is my favorite for bingo printables, since it’s more durable than regular printer paper. Printer paper will also work, but expect them to last only one day of use.
Cut apart the winter bingo game boards and calling cards. It’s quick and easy using a paper trimmer, but scissors will work too.
You’ll need something to use as bingo markers (think inexpensive, small items like peppermint candies, punched paper snowflakes or circles, or mini marshmallows.) If you’re planning a single game and don’t want to reuse the bingo boards, you could use dot markers or stickers.
You can use dry erase markers on laminated bingo sheets, though I still find the bingo cards don’t hold up as well with all the erasing.
How to Play Winter Bingo
Most people have played a game of traditional bingo before. But reviewing the rules is always a good idea, to avoid confusion and make sure everyone knows the house rules.
To play Winter Bingo:
- Pass out bingo boards to each player or team. Place the calling cards in a bowl and mix them well.
- Give each player at least 25 bingo markers (more if using candy, since some will likely get eaten during the game.)
- Each player starts with a bingo marker on the center free space.
- As the bingo caller pulls a calling card from the bowl, players add a marker to the picture space that matches.
- The first person to match 5 in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) shouts “BINGO!” and wins the game. Happy dance optional!
All players then clear the game pieces from their boards to play again.
Alternative Bingo Winning Plays
Changing up the winning move from a single straight line is a great way to make this fun Winter game shorter or longer. Try these options:
- Four Corners– cover all 4 of the board corners
- X-OUT – match both diagonals through the center square
- Cris-Cross – match vertical and horizontal through the center square
- Make a Letter – try marking a T, L, O, or I to win
Winter Bingo Prizes
Everyone loves prizes! They make winning a little more exciting, and increase the friendly competition of the game. Prizes can be as big or as small as you like, depending on the age of your players and the number of games.
Download the Free Printable Winter Bingo Card Set
The free game includes 6 different bingo cards (2 cards/page), 1 calling card sheet, and instructions, in one pdf file. Additional bingo cards are available in my store.
Not ready to join and share your email yet? No problem. You can purchase the 6 card file below.
I hope you enjoy playing winter bingo this year!
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