Ice Breaker Bingo: A Friendship Game

In an event like seminars, workshops, or starts of school year, the participants and students are bashful and reserve as they do not know anyone from the crowd. And one of the easiest ways to eliminate aloofness is by playing ice breakers. And among the fun kind of this game is the ice breaker bingo.

To enjoy this game more, the teacher (or the organizer) should identify the appropriate version of the ice breaker bingo to be play. In choosing the version they should also consider the age, confidence level, and English-language skills of the players (or students). At present, there are two version of ice breaker bingo and both are variants of the classic game of bingo. The first variant is the simple version of ice breaker bingo and the second one is the complex version of ice breaker bingo. In both variations the objective of the game remains the same that the first player to finish a line of five marked off items on the card wins the game. The line could either be marked horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

In the simple version of the ice breaker bingo this is played by students every beginning of the school year to get acquainted with their classmates. The bingo cards have different names of the group members written inside the square. The teacher (or organizer) randomly asked people in the group to stand up one at a time. If called the students will tell something about them and finish their short speech by stating their name. The other players can then mark that name off their card. And the first player to achieve a line of five can call a bingo! Nevertheless, their bingo only counts if they can correctly identify the people corresponding to each of the names in their winning line. This is also an effective way to develop the student's memorizing skills.

On the other hand, on the more complex version of the game, the squares of the bingo cards are printed with descriptions or activities (e.g. "owns a cat", "can play piano", "is a vegetarian"). The players then mingle with each other trying to find others who match these descriptions. And when they found it they will write the person's name in the box. This game will encourage the players to meet and talk with as many other members as they can since each name will only be used once per card. This game can develop camaraderie among students.

Undeniably bingo is a fun game for people of all ages. This variation of this game does not only offer fun and excitement this also promotes camaraderie among players. What are you waiting for play ice breaker bingo and win a friend!




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