Zingo Word Builder

 
 

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What you need to know: Zingo is a popular bingo game by ThinkFun that comes in a variety of educational themes (telling time, counting, sight words, etc.). Zingo Word Builder focuses on helping children who are just beginning to read, create their own 3 letter words and familiarize with the spelling of common words in an exciting way. This is also a great way to build vocabulary.

This game includes 72 letter tiles, a sliding Zinger (below) which stores and dispenses letter tiles,

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and 6 double-sided cards each with 6 words. The words on the cards all have missing letters. One side of the cards has only one letter missing while the other often has two missing for more advanced readers.

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To Play: Take a card and choose a side depending on the reading level of the child with who you are playing, then take turns sliding the zinger to reveal 2 letters. See if you can use a letter that is dispensed to spell out a word on your card. The player who creates six words on their card first, wins!

Tip: You can use this game as a writing prompt by asking a child to build a sentence with each word they create in the game. Another option is to practice telling stories. See if a child can make up a story using all the words on their card for some silly fun.

You can learn more and purchase Zingo Word Builder here.

 
helen sadovsky