Zingo Family Game: How do you play Zingo?

Great for pre-readers and early readers alike as it uses words and pictures.

Zingo is a fast-paced, matching game. It works for pre-readers and early readers alike as it uses words and pictures.

The game:

  • Develops concentration and memory.
  • Fosters image/word recognition.
  • Develops fine motor skills.
  • Has 2 – 8 players.
  • Allows one child to “practice” alone.
  • Has a practical, sturdy design.

You will notice the Zingo cards have a red border on one side and a yellow border on the other side. In any game, all cards must either have the red or the yellow border turned up.

The yellow-bordered cards usually have fewer images in common with the other cards. The red-bordered cards have more images in common. Those with red borders foster more competition and excitement and are better for more advanced Zingo players.

Just as in bingo, there are several variations of Zingo. The most common Zingo game is for the players to cover the cards with matching tiles–a “blackout.” Try other versions for less mature children.

How do you play Zingo?

One person acts as dealer (and referee) and loads the “Zinger” with tiles. All players must have a clear view of the “Zinger” (tile-holder) to play.

The dealer slides two tiles forward at a time and the players who need them call out their name. This continues until a game is won and a player calls “Zingo.”

The winner is the new dealer. With two players, the dealer plays. With groups of three or more, the dealer doesn’t play.

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  • Canadian Toy Testing Council’s Three Star Award, 2002
  • National Parenting Center – Seal of Approval, 2002
  • Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, 2002
  • Parent’s Choice Award, 2002
  • Learning® Magazine 2003 Teacher’s Choice Award

If you are looking for a fast-paced family or group game, as well as a game for two or three kids to play together, you have found it!

Other Notes:

  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Age: age 4 and up.
  • Many children who are three years of age can play this game.
  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- Small parts. Not for children under 5 years.
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