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Zingo! 1-2-3 Number Bingo

Zingo! 1-2-3 Number Bingo

Spring 2010 Games
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Price: $19.99
Zingo! is a number-matching game that helps youngsters learn to count, add, and recognize numerals -- all within the fun of a Bingo-like game. Each player (up to 6) selects one of the double-sided cards, keeping the green side (the easy side) face up. Each card has nine squares, each containing images of various groups of objects with the corresponding number printed below. Numbered tiles are stacked in the "Zingo! Zinger" and dispensed by one player who serves as the dealer. When a player sees a number tile that matches an image on his or her card, that player calls out the number, takes the tile, and covers the corresponding image on the card. The first player to cover all 9 squares on the card wins, and starts the next game as dealer.

The squares on the reverse side of each card (red side) contain two sets of images with a plus sign for addition. The corresponding number is not shown, so players must rely on their addition skills in order to make a match.

The game components and the packaging are functionally designed. Unused tiles are reloaded into the top of the Zinger, where they will eventually work their way down the stack. The Parent's Guide includes variations of game play and other tips.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2010 Parents' Choice

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