Zingo is a quick and easy game to play that kids love. My clients enjoy the fast-paced action, and it keeps their attention for a decent amount of time. Zingo is excellent for younger and older kids. I even enjoy it. In fact, I wish I could be playing it right now (as I just caught my child eating handfuls of dirt while typing this. He should be fine, I think.)
Get the whole family involved for a round or use the suggestions below to incorporate teaching moments if you have one-on-one time:
Zingo can teach kids how to categorize items–a vital language and learning skill. When the cards “shoot” out of the dispenser, have your kid name a category for that item. For example, the dog is an “animal,” a star is “something in the sky,” a ball is a “toy,” and a brush could just go into the simple category of “things.”
Object Function and Grammar
You can use Zingo to start talking about “function” of objects/items. This is a fun way to introduce new verbs into your kid’s vocabulary. For each card, have your kid come up with an action word for that item. For example, the ball “bounces,” the star “shines” and the dog “barks.” For an additional challenge, have your kid make up a sentence about each picture using the verb they chose.
Use Zingo as a “reinforcer” game for a child practicing speech sounds, or behavior skills. Have him practice the sound in words/sentences (of your choice) or practice using manners, sitting still or whatever it may be. The reward for trying hard is playing the game between sound/behavior trials.
Start working on those –wh questions with your child during this kid’s favorite game. When the cards shoot out, ask various who, what, where, when, and why questions about the pictures. For example, “What do you do with a ball?” “When do stars come out?” “Why do dogs wag their tails?”
Practice making predictions about what cards might come out of the dispenser next. You can help them predict by discussing which cards haven’t come out of the container for a while and that those are more likely to come out next. Some kids are afraid to make predictions (for fear of being wrong) so give lots of positive encouragement to get them to try and guess.
Play Zingo with young kids to work on learning new vocabulary words. As the cards come out of the dispenser, you can try to have them label the word (or you provide it). Then talk a little bit about each item.
That’s a wrap on this kid’s favorite game! You can pick one up on Amazon! Below is the one I have: