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Celebrate Earth Day: Explore Your Neighborhood Bingo

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Looking for an easy outdoor activity? Celebrate Earth Day by putting the phones away and trying Neighborhood Bingo!

Hi, everyone!  I am Miss Sarah, a youth librarian with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  I have a created a little activity to help your family get outside and get some off-screen time—Neighborhood Bingo!  As you walk around your neighborhood, mark off what you see.  There are three “cards” below that you can use.  They all have the same things, but they are in a different order.  This allows you to play one card as a family or (if your kids are super competitive like mine) play against each other.  Decide on a prize as a family for the winner!

The idea for this came from walking my dogs with my two kids.  One of my kids had an assignment to look for six signs of wildlife on a walk, and as the dogs happily trotted along, we spent time talking about the animals in the neighborhood, the styles of houses, and so much more.  In fact, the only time the phones came out were to take pictures of the feathers and tufts of fur we found!  It even helped my kids get along as they worked together!

I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine did!

Happy walking!


Printable Neighborhood Bingo Game – pdf »


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Sarah

Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”