• Fun Bingo Patterns and Their Oh-So-Creative Names

    One of the most interesting things about Bingo is the patterns that you have to form to win the game, and the creative names given to these patterns.

    If you play bingo, you have probably heard some of these pattern names before. Still, unless you're quite a veteran player, we'll bet there are still a few patterns out there that you haven't heard of before.

    Here are some of the most interesting bingo patterns that we have collected:

    X-Pattern - True to its name, the X-pattern bingo requires you to form an x-shaped pattern, meaning you mark out a straight line of numbers from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner of your card, AND another line from the top-right corner to the bottom-left corner of the same card, thus forming an X pattern.

    Plus Sign - Similar to the X-pattern bingo, the plus-sign bingo requires you to form two straight lines. This time, however, it has to be from the middle-top number to the middle-bottom number, and the middle-right number to the middle-left number, to form a plus (+) sign.

    Outside Picture Frame - This pattern "frames" the card by marking all the 16 outer numbers in the perimeter of the card, forming a big square shape.

    Inside Picture Frame - This time, there are only 8 numbers to be marked, the ones surrounding the central square - NOT including the central square - and forming a small square "frame."

    Railroad Tracks - This pattern is formed by marking all the numbers in the second and fourth column, thus making two vertical lines that look like railroad tracks.

    Postage Stamp - This pattern means that you form a square of four numbers on one corner of your card, just like a postage stamp on a letter. However, it does not have to be the upper right corner only. It can be any corner, as long as there are four numbers marked.

    Clover Leaf - If you are able to put "postage stamps" on all four corners of your bingo card, you have made a clover leaf.

    Kite - This is one of the most imaginative patterns we've found. To make it, you need a postage stamp in one corner, then add a straight diagonal line of numbers from your "postage stamp" - which is now the main "kite" - to the opposite corner of your card to make a "kite tail."

    Picnic Table - It took us a bit of time to figure this pattern's name out, the first time we saw it. To make this pattern, you need to have an X-pattern - remember the X-pattern? - to make the picnic table's legs. Then, you need to have a straight row of numbers on the top of your card, from the upper-right corner to the upper-left. That's your table surface. Neat, eh?

    Other than these patterns we have mentioned, bingo still uses many others, like the Blackout, the Open House, and letter names like C, E, F, N, and Y. The more you play bingo, the more patterns you get to meet. You could even make your own patterns, to make the game more fun! After all, fun is what bingo is all about.