Zoo Bingo for Toddlers

We just had a fabulous day at our local zoo, Reid Park Zoo, checking out their brand new elephant exhibit, Expedition Tanzania.  For those of you who live in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit out there.  We loved seeing the baby elephants!  In honor of our visit to the zoo, I wanted to share our zoo bingo game.  It would also make a good matching game for children who aren’t ready for bingo.

I made bingo boards for us using pictures of the animals at our zoo.  While you are welcome to use our boards, I think the game is a lot more fun if you use pictures of the animals at your own zoo.  I got my picture off of our zoo’s website and their Facebook page.  But of course you could even take your own.

I made the board with only nine spaces and the girls only needing to get three in a row to “win.”  Since this was our first bingo game and they are only two I wanted to start small.  I also am starting with only nine animals so that all the animals are on every game board, just in a different position.  I didn’t think we were ready for the frustration of looking for an animal that’s not on their board.  My plan is to make more game boards as they get bigger or board with the game and add in more animals.

For our bingo markers, I just used circles I cut with my scrapbooking tools, but you could also use pennies or just squares of paper.  And I thought it would be cute to have ZOO at the top over the columns, but didn’t do that with mine because we’ve been practicing spelling our names and I knew that Mia would be very disappointed to see all the boards with basically Zoe’s name on them.  But if you don’t have a Zoe (or only have a Zoe) you could put Z-O-O over each column to make it more like Bingo.

To call out the animals, I printed an extra game board and cut out the squares.  Then we draw the animal cards out of the bag.  And of course, I laminated the call out squares and the bingo boards so they’ll last longer.  I also printed them out on cardstock to make them stronger.


So far, we’ve had a lot of fun playing the game and the girls get to practice taking turns and following the rules of the game. We also talk about the animals while we play–where they live, which is bigger, what they might eat, how the mamas take care of the babies. And I like that they can start to see the connection between the words and what they represent.

Here are our animals boards: Zoo Bingo
You can also generate bingo games here; however, for this activity I personally prefer to have real pictures of the animals as opposed to the clipart. And like I said, I like it being the animals that we actually see.

Of course I need to include some pictures from the zoo…

And here are some of our favorite books after a visit to the zoo…

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    […] the trip, the girls and I have played our zoo bingo game.  When the girls were younger, I made a simple bingo board of some of the animals at our zoo.  Since then I expanded the board to include 16 […]

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