Do You Zingo?

 

Zingo is a bingo-like game intended for children 3 years and older. Two to six children can play at a time. The game retails for $19.99, but can often be found on sale or at thrift stores. It’s different from traditional bingo as it has a picture dispenser that dispenses two pictures at a time.

Zingo is a great therapy tool for a variety of reasons. The different ways we use Zingo can be carried over at home. Here are a few ideas about how to use Zingo to promote language:

  1. Picture naming/identifying/matching: Zingo has a variety of basic pictures such as; ball, shoe, hat, cat, etc. Children can be prompted to label, identify, and/or match the pictures.
  2. Turn taking: The dispenser is passed to each child, so the child can work on stating whose turn it is or simply waiting their turn.
  3. Pronouns: You can tape a picture of a boy and girl directly above where the tiles are dispensed. The child can be prompted to state who has which tile. Ex: He has a ball. She has a shoe.
  4. Possessive -s: The pictures of the girl and boy can also be used to work on possessive -s by asking whose item is dispensed. Ex: Who has the ball? It’s the girl’s ball. Whose shoe is that? It’s the boy’s shoe.
  5. Yes/no: Each turn the child is asked if they have the item. The child will respond with yes or no.