Why do it?
We play car bingo so that tamariki can:
- strengthen their observational skills
- enjoy car journeys more
- participate in an activity that’s adaptable for different ages
- help to create an activity using everyday materials
How to do it
1. On a card, draw 9 squares that are big enough for a picture in each square.
2. Draw or find pictures of things you’re likely to see on a road trip and put one in each square.
- Make most of them things that are easy to find, such as cars, trucks or vans of different colours; ambulance; police car; fire engine; petrol tanker; digger; road worker; stop sign; give way sign; pedestrian crossing; marae; caravan; church; bus; boat; traffic lights; two-storey house; dog; cow; cat; seagull; river; bridge.
- Have some items that are the same on all the cards and some that are different.
3. Give each player a pen or pencil to mark the square when they’ve seen the item.
- Rather than wait until every square has been marked to decide the ‘winner’, start with a ‘line’ first, which can be made up, down or diagonally on the board.
Other ideas for long car journeys:
- Ētahi atu whakaaro. Play car counting: Each tamaiti chooses a colour of car to look for and count — this game works well if there are many other cars on the road.
- Make the bingo cards more challenging by including a variety of road signs, gas stations or familiar businesses such as McDonald’s or KFC.
Using more reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Hōiho hōiho Horse. Maori | Noun||Horse|
|Kau kau Cow Maori | Noun||Cow|
|Kau pango me te mā||Black and white cow|
|Kurī kurī Dog, animal with four legs, quadruped Maori | Noun||Dog|
|Whare karakia whare karakia Church (building), synagogue, house of prayer - a building for religious services Maori | Noun||Church|
|Rama ārahi||Traffic lights|
|Pahi pahi Bus Maori | Noun||Bus|
|Waka tūroro waka tūroro Ambulance Maori | Noun||Ambulance|
|Waka waka Canoe, vehicle, conveyance, spirit medium, medium (of an atua). Maori | Noun||Boat|
|Taraka taraka Truck, lorry, railway wagon Maori | Noun||Truck|
|Whare papanga rūma rua||Two-storey house|
|Tohu tū tohu tū Stop sign Maori | Noun||Stop sign|
|Tohu haere||Go sign|
|Awa awa River, stream, creek, canal, gully, gorge, groove, furrow Maori | Noun||River|
|Arahanga arahanga Bridge, ladder. Maori | Noun||Bridge|
|Rārangi rārangi Line, rank, row, queue, list, catalogue Maori | Noun||Line|
|Whare whare House, building, residence, dwelling, shed, hut, habitation Maori | Noun||House|