Gender Bias Bingo
- Decide whether to play BINGO as individuals or in small groups.
- Decide whether to play BINGO using category or subcategory cards.
a. Playing BINGO using subcategory cards helps players understand the nuances of
b. Playing with category cards will help with more general understanding of the
categories and may result in shorter rounds of BINGO.
- Print one bingo card for each player (or small group). There are ten different bingo
cards in each set available that can be printed out on your computer.
Printable BINGO cards with Categories.
Printable BINGO cards with Subcategories.
- Print one Description Reference Page for each player (or small group). Players may
refer to this page throughout the game.
- Print one deck of scenario cards. These cards can be printed from your computer
and cut out (preferably using a paper slicer).
- Get some small candies or other small items (paper clips, coins etc.) that can be
used as bingo chips.
- Shuffle the scenario cards and place them face down in front of you.
- If you have more than 10 players, some players will have duplicate cards. In this
situation, you may decide to play with small groups instead of individuals.
- The facilitator chooses one person (or small group) to begin the game.
- On your turn, take one scenario card off the top of your scenario deck and read
it aloud. If the scenario has been read before, select the next scenario card in
your pile and read it aloud.
- After each scenario is read, the larger group decides which category/subcategory
the scenario best describes. In some cases, the group may decide that there is no
“best fit” and the scenario fits more than one category/subcategory. If the group
cannot come to a consensus, the facilitator makes the final decision.
- If a player (or small group) has the category/sub-category on their bingo card,
they may place a marker on that place.
Be the first player (or small group) to get three in a row — horizontally, vertically,
or diagonally — and say, “Bingo.”
Before the game begins, the moderator should decide whether to include any of the
following additions to the game:
- Strategy discussion: After each round of bingo, the whole group can describe strategies
for combating the three categories/subcategories of gender bias that made up the
- Strategy stealing: The winning bingo player (or group) must explain at least one
strategy for combating one category/subcategory of gender bias that made up the
winning bingo. If they are unable to do so (as judged by the moderator), another
player (or small group) can “steal” their bingo by explaining an acceptable strategy
for combating one of the categories/subcategories that make up the bingo.
- Strategy or the game continues: If a player gets bingo, but cannot explain a strategy
for combating a form of gender bias on their card, s/he must take one marker off
their bingo card (so that they no longer have three in a row). If this happens,
the game continues until there is a new bingo winner.