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Name Bingo

Also known as: People Bingo, Get To Know You Bingo

Relaxing games Icebreaker games Large group games


How To Play Name Bingo

This is probably one of the oldest and most well known icebreakers. It's also known as "People Bingo" and "Get To Know You Bingo". It works for groups of all ages, and can be a really interesting game if played properly.

You'll need to create a name bingo sheet, so basically a 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 grid of personal statements. IE. "has long hair" or "has more than 5 siblings" or "has travelled overseas" etc

Hand these people bingo sheets out to each person and give them a pen, and then send them off to mingle and find people that fit in the gaps. Each player can only use another person once on their sheet.

So the game can either finish when someone collects a name for the entire grid.

Alternatively, the game can continue and bingo can be played after everyone has completed their grids. So a leader would start reading out the names of the youth group kids and then they would need to cross off a name when it has been called - if they get 4 in a row - they win!

Download Youth Group Games Name Bingo Template (DOC)

Materials Needed

paper, pens

Submitted by Joel on 22 Dec 2007 12:00:00

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You could use this several different ways. You could make up a grid with the names of the people who a regulars to your youth group and leave a few blank spaces to add visitors names-use as an ice breaker to help everyone get to know each other or you could use it with the book of the Bible--put on grid in order so they will get use to seeing them in order and they could learn the books of the Bible this way. And paly either one the way you would play regular bingo-

Posted by Christine Fitzgerald on 14 Apr 2008 at 1:40:29

Another variation to this game is getting people to draw the person, which encourages them to hang around the person longer than just making contact long enough to get their name...

or have questions ie. 'someone who likes the same tv show as you' as opposed to just factual information. This will help kids find others with similar interests as opposed to kids that look the same as them :P

Posted by Samara on 16 Jun 2008 at 6:25:48

Its an intersting game.my doubt is what we do in a unknown group..can we make a list through guessing

Posted by joby on 19 Jun 2012 at 2:26:03

youth group games

Posted by jerome on 11 Aug 2012 at 7:14:32

I'm interested to know how it works with a smaller group? Does it mean you need to make the grid smaller (ie with less spaces and attributes)?

Posted by Trish on 28 Aug 2012 at 11:18:22

I combined this with Bible questions. Such as "some one who can name the 5 major prophets of the Old Testament." "Someone who has memorized at least 10 Bible verses." "Someone who has not missed Sunday school in over a month." etc. So it was a nice combination of things about them, goes to the same school, likes to walk barefoot in mud, does not like amusement park rides, etc.

Posted by Sally on 4 Sep 2013 at 11:30:56

This was good for a meet and greet activity with our group of 50 youth. But sometimes it was a little less exciting at the end.
We found that mentioning the aim of the game isn't just to "win" at the start was helpful though.

Posted by Pip on 5 Jun 2014 at 3:49:42

interest game icebreak it

Posted by thapela on 21 Jul 2014 at 10:50:40

This would be a good ESL activity.

Posted by Andrew Rogers on 25 May 2016 at 3:44:18

the activity is very interesting; but my fear is it may miss the objective of knowing each other as people focus on winning the game

Posted by Getahun on 28 Nov 2016 at 6:46:24

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