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Bingo Card Makers





Lanternfish ESL now offers a number of bingo games for vocabulary building. For each theme there are bingo card generators at two levels: 3x3 easy and 4X4 hard. The 4x4 contains all of the words from the 3x3 plus the added words in green for enrichment. Teachers can print as many unique cards as is necessary for their class. After you go to the card generator (which opens in a new browser) just simply refresh the browser to get a new card. You can use pennies as counters or you can laminate the cards and use erasable markers.


Sea Animals

(3X3), (4X4)


fish, dolphin, whale, shark, crab, starfish, clam, sea turtle, octopus, squid, eel, seagull, jellyfish, seal, lobster, ray, sea urchin, mussel, oyster, shrimp, seaweed, hermit crab, coral, seahorse


School Supplies


bag, blackboard, book, chair, chalk, computer, crayon, desk, eraser, glue, map, marker, notebook, paint, paintbrush, paper, pen, pencil, pencilcase, ruler, scissors, sharpener, stapler, student, tape, and teacher


 Insects and Bugs

(3x3, 4x4, 4x4)


ant, bee, fly, ladybug, beetle, moth, butterfly, dragonfly, grasshopper, cricket, flea, mosquito, caterpillar, firefly, stick bug, termite, cockroach, praying mantis, worm, spider, centipede, horsefly, stink bug, wasp, cicada 


Forest Animals


bear, beaver, bison, bluejay, cougar, coyote, duck, eagle, fox, geese, hawk, moose, otter, owl, porcupine, rabbit, raccoon, raven. skunk, squirrel, turkey, weasel, wolf, wolverine, woodpecker.

Reptiles and Amphibians

(3x3, 3x3, 4x4)

alligator, crocodile, frog, tree frog, bullfrog, toad, turtle, sea turtle, tortoise, cobra, anaconda, python, rattlesnake, chameleon, skink, iguana, komodo dragon, gila monster, gecko, salamander, caecilian, newt, garter snake, coral snake


 Fruits and Vegetables

(3x3, 3x3, 4x4)


apple, banana, cherries, strawberry, watermelon, grapes, peach, pear, plum, pineapple, orange, lemon, onions, carrot, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, corn, celery, peas, chili pepper



(3x3, 4x4)



 shirt, shoes, hat, belt, pants, jeans, socks, sweater, dress, T-shirt, shorts, mittens, gloves, coat, jacket, vest, skirt, sandals, boots, cap, underwear, scarf, tie, pajamas, overalls, blouse, shorts


 Shapes and Color Bingo

 (4x4, 4x4 Color Blind)


square, triangle, oval, moon, star, heart, circle, rectangle, triangle, zigzag, white, blue, red, green, black, orange, yellow, purple 


 Parts of the Body

(3x3, 4x4)


eye, ear, lips, arm, leg, hand, foot, knee, elbow, shoulder, hair, head, finger, toes, thumb, face, nose, heel, ankle, back, tooth, teeth, feet, wrist, tongue    


Things in the Kitchen

(3x3, 4x4)



 spoon, knife, fork, fridge, sink, stove, chopsticks, plate, bowl, cup, glass, bottle, jar, can, pot, pan, oven, freezer, cupboard, counter, spatula, kettle, teapot, toaster, jug



(3x3, 4x4, 4x4 enrichment)


crow, hen, rooster, penguin, duck, seagull, eagle, hawk, ostrich, swan, sparrow, parrot, crane, owl, peacock, woodpecker, goose, robin, turkey, toucan, hummingbird, vulture, flamingo, pelican, heron, dove, blue jay, pheasant



wavy hair, curly hair, straight hair, black/brown/red/gray/blonde hair, pony tail, braids, mustache, beard, sideburns, tattoo, wart, mole, wrinkles, freckles, watch, ring, bracelet, necklace, earrings, purse, hairband, bow, and bangs.


(3x3, 4x4)

car, boat, van, truck, ship, stop sign, red light, green light, crosswalk, helicopter, motorcycle, train, road, bike, airplane, bus, intersection, railroad, motorboat, bridge, tunnel, tractor, taxi, tow truck, submarine


 Parts of Plants and Trees

(3x3, 4x4, 4x4 tree/flower names)

berries, branch, bush, cone, flower, vine, fruit, grass, leaves, needles, nut, plant, roots, seed, thorn, tree, trunk, bark, blossom, bud, bulb, canopy, grains, sprout, reed, stump


Sports Bingo

(3x3, 4x4)

baseball, soccer ball, football, basketball, golf ball, tennis ball, skates, skiis, whistle, racket, goal, volleyball, baseball glove, baseball bat, hockey stick, coach, referee, team, stadium, trophy, pads, golf club, puck, volleyball net, birdie, jersey


Farm Bingo

(3x3, 4x4)


barn, fields, farmer, hen, rooster, cat, dog, chick, cow, pig, duck, horse, goose, goat, sheep, tractor, scarecrow, crops, bull, lamb, haystack, calf, piglet


Halloween Bingo


witch, ghost, skeleton, skull, spider, owl, Jack-O'-Lantern, devil, cobweb, graveyard, clown, pirate, robot, superhero, mummy, vampire, bat, black cat, trick or treaters, alien, werewolf


Fall/Autumn Bingo

(4x4, 3x3)

corn, rice, wheat, farmer, scarecrow, apples, acorns, oak leaf, maple leaves, ginko leaves, grapes, mushrooms, salmon, geese, squirrel, jacket, turkey, Jack-O'-Lantern, rake, pumpkins, harvest moon, hay, chestnuts


Arctic Animals Bingo

Arctic hare, Arctic fox, Arctic wolf, Arctic tern, ptarmigan, caribou, beluga whale, ermine, polar bear, puffin, blue whale, killer whale, narwhal, ribbon seal, ringed seal, fur seal, walrus, snowy owl, musk ox, humpback whale, wolverine, lemming


Christmas Bingo

3 Different Generators

angel, bell, Bethlehem, candle, candy cane, carolers, Christmas card, Christmas lights, Christmas tree, decoration, doll, drummer boy, elf, fireplace, holly, Mary and Jesus, present, reindeer, ribbon, rockinghorse, Santa Claus, sleigh, snowflake, snowman, star, stocking, three wise men, toys, wrapping paper, toy soldier, wreath


Beach Bingo

seashells, suntan lotion, sea star, crab, frisbee, diving, lifeguard, wave, sandcastle, tanning, tube, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, seagull, beach ball, parasol, water skiing, volleyball, sunglasses, swimming, beach towel, life jacket, goggles, palm tree, cooler, sunburn, jellyfish, pail



Summer Bingo

camping, hat, sandals, tanning, fan, pool, barbecue, hiking, beach, T-shirt, watermelon, parasol, ice cream, lemonade, shorts, sunglasses, July, June, August, suntan lotion, swimming, humid, vacation, drought, sunburn, garden, heat wave, cooler, grass, hot.



Places in a City Bingo

bakery, hotel, restaurant, gallery, museum, airport, port, beach, zoo, park, playground, school, pet shop, toy store, supermarket, police station, fire station, bank, hospital, gym, aquarium, stadium, theater, supermarket, library.


Health and Sickness Bingo

black eye, runny nose, nosebleed, cough, sore throat, headache, toothache, stomachache, fever, flu, cold, sunburn, allergy, blister, bump, rash, broken leg, cut, scrape, sting, bruise, bandage, crutches, stitches, itch, operation, medicine.


Winter Bingo skates, skis, boots, snowflake, icicle, ice, freezing, scarf, mittens, blizzard, hat, sled, January, February, December, hibernation, coat, snowman, snow angel, snowball fight, fireplace, hot chocolate, shiver, wool socks.
Job and Occupation Bingo



CVC Words Bingo

bat, cat, map, pan, fan, hat, tap, bed, hen, ten, net, pet, pen, men, fin, pig, lid, kid, lip, pin, win, dog, dot, pot, mop, mom, hot, fog, bug, bus, cub, cup, nut, sun, run

Consonant Digraph Bingo

wash, ship, shop, fish, dish, wish, shut, chop, chip, chin, rich, chick, duck, rock, sick, sock, kick, lick, tell, shell, hill, bell, will, doll, ball, tall, that, this, king, ring, sing, song, long, path, bath, math, moth


Long Vowel Bingo

bake, bike, bite, bone, cage, cake, came, cave, cone, dive, face, five, game, gate, hide, hike, hole, home, hope, hose, kite, lake, like, line, make, mice, nice, nine, nose, note, poke, rice, rope, rose, same, take, tape, vine


Vowel Digraph Bingo

eat, sea, leaf, read, team, beach, peach, teach, jail, mail, rain, sail, tail, wait, chain, train, boat, coat, goal, goat, loaf, road, soap, toad, boo, zoo, boot, food, moon, noon, roof, tooth, bee, feet, meet, need, seed, queen, sheep, teeth


Alphabet Bingo Little Letters/Big Letters/Mixed Letters

 There is also the forest animal bingo section with pre-made cards.



Other Phonics Worksheet Sections:

initial sounds | final sounds | select patterns | vowel combinations

Other Spelling Worksheets:

first words | first verbs | numbers 


Here is a selection of worksheets available for young learners young ESL learners:

 Young Learners | ABC Cards | ABC Mazes | Connect-the-Dots | First Words | Alpha Trains

Little Letters | Big Letters | Opposites | Bingo | Flashcards | Holiday Worksheets



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