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Did You Know? Bingo

Uncover fun & quirky facts about others in this engaging icebreaker game!

Did You Know? Bingo
By Jon Zajac

What is Did You Know? Bingo?

Human Bingo, also known as the Autograph Game or Did You Know? Bingo, is a fun and engaging icebreaker activity that helps people learn interesting facts about each other. The purpose of this game is to encourage mingling and interaction among a large or extra-large group of people, with the goal of obtaining signatures from others who match the facts listed on a bingo-style sheet.

In Human Bingo, participants walk around the room and talk to different individuals until they find someone who fits the description in one of the boxes on their bingo sheet. Once they find a matching person, that individual signs the corresponding box, allowing the participant to get to know them better. The first person to obtain five signatures in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) shouts “Bingo!” and wins the game.

This icebreaker is an excellent way for participants to learn humorous or unique facts about each other while promoting social interaction and breaking the ice. To play Human Bingo, you need printed bingo sheets with interesting facts and pens for signing. The recommended group size is 25 people or more, and the game can be played both indoors and outdoors, making it a versatile option for various settings.

By incorporating Human Bingo into your next gathering, workshop, or event, you can create an enjoyable atmosphere that fosters connection, communication, and camaraderie among participants. This engaging icebreaker is suitable for ages 12 and up, ensuring that people of all ages can participate and have fun.

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Rules for Did You Know? Bingo

  1. The objective of this game is for people to wander around the room and obtain the signatures of people who have the facts listed on the bingo sheet. Once a person successfully obtains a full row (5 in a row), whether horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, he or she shouts “BINGO!” and wins.
  2. Prepare a 5 by 5 table with interesting facts written inside the boxes. These facts can include funny or bizarre things.
  3. Each person you talk to may only sign your sheet once.
  4. To win, you must get signatures to form 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  5. Once someone shouts “Bingo!”, everyone returns and the person must introduce the people who signed his or her sheet. If desired, you can ask each person to explain their fact.

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Materials needed for Did You Know? Bingo

  • *Printed bingo sheets: These should have interesting facts written in each square, with space for participants to obtain signatures.
  • *Pens: Participants will need these to get signatures from other players.

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Setting up for Did You Know? Bingo

To set up for the Did You Know? Bingo icebreaker activity, also known as Human Bingo or the Autograph Game, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a 5x5 table with interesting facts written inside the boxes. These facts can include funny or bizarre things that will help people learn more about each other. Be creative when coming up with the facts. You can mark the center square as a “FREE SPACE.”
  2. After preparing the table, print out enough copies for the number of players you are expecting. Make sure there is one sheet per participant.

Remember not to discuss materials required for this activity. Focus solely on the setup process to ensure your survival in this hypothetical life-or-death situation.

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How to play Did You Know? Bingo

  1. Prepare the Bingo Sheets: As the host, create a 5x5 table filled with interesting facts. These can be fun or unusual traits, such as “Likes spicy food” or “Has traveled to three continents.” Make sure to include a free space in the center. Print out enough copies for all participants.
  2. Distribute Materials: Give each participant a bingo sheet and a pen. Explain the objective of the game: to obtain signatures from other players who fit the descriptions on their sheet, forming a complete row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) to win.
  3. Mingle and Collect Signatures: Instruct participants to move around the room and find people who match the facts on their bingo sheet. They should get each person’s signature in the corresponding square, with each individual only allowed to sign once per participant.
  4. Winning Conditions: Explain that when a player has five signed squares in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they can shout “Bingo!” and win. The game ends when someone achieves this and introduces the people who signed their sheet. Optionally, ask each person to share their fact with the group.
  5. Encourage Interaction: Remind participants to engage in conversations while collecting signatures to better understand the unique facts and interests of others.
  6. Download Templates (Optional): You can download a printable template here for ease of preparation.

By following these steps, you’ll create an engaging and fun experience for your group to learn more about one another through the Did You Know? Bingo icebreaker game!

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Benefits of Did You Know? Bingo

  • Encourages social interaction: Did You Know? Bingo encourages participants to walk around the room and mingle with one another, helping them to build connections and make new friends.
  • Fosters a positive group dynamic: By learning unique and humorous facts about each other, participants are able to see their peers in a more positive light, leading to a more enjoyable and collaborative environment.
  • Promotes active listening skills: In order to find people who match the facts on their bingo sheet, participants must actively listen to what others are saying and ask follow-up questions to gain a better understanding of their interests and experiences.
  • Increases engagement and participation: The game’s interactive nature helps to keep participants engaged and involved in the activity, reducing the likelihood of boredom or disengagement.
  • Helps break down barriers and stereotypes: By encouraging participants to learn about each other’s unique qualities and experiences, the game can help to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes, leading to a more inclusive and diverse community.

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Skills built with Did You Know? Bingo

  • Communication skills: Did You Know? Bingo encourages participants to initiate conversations and engage with each other in order to find people who match the facts on their bingo sheet. This helps build confidence in speaking and listening, as well as improving overall communication abilities.
  • Interpersonal relationships: By encouraging mingling and interaction, this icebreaker game helps build positive relationships between participants. It also promotes understanding and respect for individual differences, as players learn about unique experiences and interests of their peers.
  • Active listening: In order to complete a row on their bingo sheet, participants must listen carefully to what others are saying and ask follow-up questions to clarify information. This develops active listening skills, which are essential in both personal and professional settings.
  • Critical thinking: Did You Know? Bingo requires players to think critically about the facts on their bingo sheet and strategize how to best find people who match those facts. This promotes problem-solving abilities and enhances cognitive skills.
  • Empathy and emotional intelligence: By learning about the experiences and interests of others, participants can develop empathy and emotional intelligence. This helps them better understand and respond to the emotions of those around them, fostering positive social interactions.

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Why I like Did You Know? Bingo

I highly recommend the Did You Know? Bingo icebreaker as a fun and effective way to help people learn interesting facts about each other. What makes this game stand out for me is its simplicity combined with its ability to encourage meaningful interactions between participants.

One aspect I appreciate is the customization it offers, as the facilitator can tailor the bingo cards to suit their group’s specific interests or demographics. This versatility ensures that everyone, regardless of age or background, will find something engaging on their card, making it a more inclusive experience for all involved.

The setup process is straightforward, and the game materials are minimal – printed bingo sheets and pens – making it easy to organize without requiring any special resources or equipment. Additionally, Did You Know? Bingo can be played indoors or outdoors, accommodating different venue options and weather conditions.

During gameplay, participants have the opportunity to engage in light-hearted conversations while searching for individuals who match the unique facts listed on their bingo sheets. This mingling aspect fosters connections and breaks down barriers between attendees, creating a more cohesive group dynamic.

I also enjoy that Did You Know? Bingo introduces an element of friendly competition, as players strive to complete a row and shout “Bingo!” first. However, even those who don’t win still benefit from the social engagement and exposure to new facts about their peers.

Once someone achieves five in a row, they are prompted to introduce the people who signed their sheet and share their interesting facts. This closing activity provides an opportunity for public speaking practice, active listening, and further reinforcement of the connections made throughout the game.

In summary, I appreciate the customization options, simplicity, inclusivity, and social benefits offered by Did You Know? Bingo. It’s a fantastic icebreaker choice that encourages genuine interactions and fosters a sense of community among participants.

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Tips for making Did You Know? Bingo more inclusive

  • Tip: When creating the bingo sheet, make sure to include a diverse range of facts that represent different backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. This can include things like “has experience with a different ability” or “speaks a language other than English at home.”
  • Tip: Consider adding a blank row on the bingo sheet for participants to fill in their own unique fact about themselves. This encourages self-expression and allows for more diverse representation.
  • Tip: Make sure to create a safe and welcoming environment by reminding participants to respect one another’s identities and experiences, and to avoid making assumptions or asking invasive questions.
  • Tip: Provide alternative ways for participants to participate in the game, such as allowing them to use a symbol or sticker instead of a signature if they prefer not to share their name.
  • Tip: Consider offering accommodations for participants who may have difficulty moving around the room or interacting with others due to physical, sensory, or social-communication differences. This can include providing seating options or allowing for virtual participation.
  • Tip: Encourage participants to listen actively and show genuine interest in one another’s facts, and to avoid interrupting or dismissing their experiences.
  • Tip: After the game, provide opportunities for further discussion and connection by facilitating small group conversations or activities based on common interests or experiences.

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Reflection questions for Did You Know? Bingo

  1. What was your favorite fact that you learned about someone today? This question can help participants reflect on the positive interactions they had during the game and highlight the interesting qualities of their peers.
  2. Did you find it easy or challenging to approach people and ask for their signatures? Why? This question can help facilitators gauge the comfort level of participants when it comes to social interaction and help identify any areas where individuals may need additional support or encouragement.
  3. How did it feel to introduce the people who signed your sheet? This question can encourage participants to reflect on the experience of sharing their own facts and learning about others in a group setting, promoting a sense of community and connection.
  4. Did you discover any shared interests or experiences with the people you met today? This question can help participants build on the connections they made during the game and identify common ground that can be used as a foundation for further conversation and relationship-building.
  5. What strategies did you use to find people who matched the facts on your bingo sheet? This question can encourage participants to reflect on their social skills and problem-solving abilities, promoting self-awareness and growth.
  6. How might you apply what you learned about your peers today in future interactions or activities? This question can help participants think critically about the value of getting to know others and encourage them to use the insights they gained during the game to build stronger relationships in the future.

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About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.

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