How to Make a Bingo Call Card

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How to Make a Bingo Call Card
Creating bingo cards is quick and simple -- just about anyone can do it. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Bingo call cards are an essential component to playing bingo -- a game where players daub off numbers as called by a "caller." The winner is the first to mark off numbers in a certain pattern, generally a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. Bingo cards come in all shapes and sizes -- traditional bingo cards use numbers, while more modern bingo cards incorporate pictures and words. But whether you are creating a traditional bingo call card or something more unconventional, bingo cards require little time and effort to create.

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Things you need

  • Pencil or Pen
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pictures (optional)
  • Dictionary (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw a matrix onto your sheet of paper, using your pencil and ruler. If you are creating a traditional bingo call card, the matrix will be five rows by five columns. Of course, you can modify the matrix as you like -- three rows by three columns or nine rows by nine columns. Just be sure to make the number of rows and columns the same so you can incorporate diagonal bingo patterns into your call card.

  2. 2

    Label each column with the letters B-I-N-G-O, in order. If you are creating a modified bingo call card that does not contain five rows and five columns, centre the text across all columns.

  3. 3

    Locate the centre slot in your matrix and mark it as "free."

  4. 4

    Seed your bingo card with numbers, text or pictures. If you are creating a traditional bingo card, each of the 25 slots (24 if you created a "free" slot) will contain numbers (five numbers in each column). The first column will contain five random numbers from one through 15; the second column, five random numbers from 16 through 30; the third column, five random numbers from 31 through 45; the fourth column, five random numbers from 46 through 60; and the last column, five random numbers from 61 through 75. Randomise the numbers and order of the numbers in each column to create variation in each of the bingo call cards.

    If you are creating a bingo card with pictures or text, it is not essential that each column contain the same subset. Rather, you can create variation throughout the entire card -- just be sure to use the same pool of text or pictures.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 1 through 4 until you have created the desired number of bingo call cards, making sure that all cards contain the same matrix size and are seeded with the same pool of information: numbers, pictures or text. Before you begin playing bingo, you must also duplicate each number, phrase or picture onto its own individual scrap piece of paper for the caller. All numbers from one through 15 should be proceeded by B, 16 through 30 proceeded by I, and so on. Place all scraps of paper into a hat or bucket.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a modified bingo card for a baby shower game. Seed bingo cards with baby phrases or names instead of numbers.

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