Expanding Zingo

In my last post, I wrote about how to make easy turn-taking games easier (http://wp.me/p2OomI-um).  Now Beth and I play turn-taking games for hours every day.  It is so wonderful to work on interaction and language development and have fun at the same time.

When given a choice of games, Beth always chooses Zingo (http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-7700-ThinkFun-Zingo/dp/B00006408Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362054814&sr=8-1&keywords=zingo , picture below).  There is something uniquely fun about sliding that dispenser to eject the game pieces, matching the pictures, and then throwing up our hands and yelling (well, quietly yelling) “Zingo!” when we are done filling our cards.  During the game Beth readily talks.  I ask, “What did you get?” and she almost always answers.  Lately I don’t even need to ask, she is commenting on her pieces without prompting.  I also expand her language based on the game pieces. “What does the dog say?”, “Where does the bird fly?”, and “Where do you put a hat?” are just a few examples of ways we expand language during play.  After running out of ideas to expand Beth’s language using the Zingo game pieces, I realized it was time to expand Zingo itself.

Below are two ways I have expanded Zingo by making custom made Zingo game pieces.  I wanted to keep our original Zingo game in tact so that we could still play the game, so I bought a second Zingo game (Zingo 1-2-3 numbers version [1], which we will use later when she is counting) to attach pictures to the game pieces.


Clip Art on Zingo Game Pieces

I bought JPEG clip art files from an artist on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/kpmdoodles).  Using Power Point, I sized the clip art appropriately and added text under each picture, then I printed out game boards and smaller images for the Zingo game pieces.  Next, I cut out and covered the game boards with clear Con-tact paper (2) and cut out the smaller images and attached them to the Zingo game pieces (I used clear Con-tact paper to attach the paper to the game pieces, but Scotch tape should also work) (3).  Here are three sets of games I made with links to the JPEG files and my Power Point Templates:

Farm & Vehicles

Farm & Vehicles

Summer & Brown Bear, Brown Bear Story

Summer & Brown Bear, Brown Bear Story



JPEG files (4)  for the above game boards and game pieces with instructions (click on links below, then hover over images and right click and use “save as” to save jpeg files on your computer):

Power Point Template if you want to create your own boards and Zingo game pieces with other files:

Stickers on Zingo Game Pieces

Another method is to buy stickers and put them on the Zingo game pieces, which is a great option for adding your child’s favorite characters to the Zingo game.  If you want to reuse your tiles, be aware that some self-adhesive stickers adhere strongly, so it will be a lot of work to remove the stickers. Also, it was difficult to find stickers that were the right size to cover the whole original image on the Zingo game pieces.  Therefore, for most stickers sets, I cut out each sticker to the appropriate size and stuck it on white paper, then attached the mounted sticker to a Zingo game piece with clear Con-tact paper (alternatively you could use Scotch tape).  Here is a game set I made with Dora and Pooh stickers:

Dora and Pooh

Dora and Pooh


1. http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-7703-ThinkFun-Zingo/dp/B0032UKTXI/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1362142680&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=zingo+1+23

2.  http://www.amazon.com/Con-Tact-Repositionable-Adhesive-Contact-Lamination/dp/B0042SUSA8/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1362058372&sr=8-7&keywords=clear+Con-tact+paper

3. Another option is to print the images on self-adhesive computer labels and attach them to the Zingo game pieces, but they might be difficult to remove at a later time.  http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shipping-Labels-TrueBlock-Technology/dp/B00004Z5SB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362142431&sr=8-1&keywords=computer+labels+large

4. JPEG files posted by permission from the artist, http://www.kpmdoodles.com/


7 thoughts on “Expanding Zingo

  1. […] This latest post, shared by Tammy G. of the Fumbling Thru Autism blog, shares some fantastic ideas (and a great how-to description for all you crafty folks!) for modifying the classic Zingo! game to expand game play and support learning! […]

  2. lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and boards….. is there a chance you would share the brown bear board you made for Zingo?

  3. […] have been glued to pinterest this summer and came across a post by FumblingThruAutism about how she has expanded Zingo.  I’m looking forward to utilizing these templates to […]

  4. Christie Johnson says:

    Do you have the Dora game board and pieces you made to print out and use? I have a student who adores Dora…just trying not to reinvent the wheel. Thanks!

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