Fun and Games: Family Reunion B-I-N-G-O by Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Are you looking for a different way to use those family reunion photos you have been scanning or plan to scan?  Want an activity for your next gathering all generations can participate in and learn some family history in the process? Creating a Family Reunion B-I-N-G-O game with photos is a simple and easy idea you can implement with minimal cost.

The first step is to start with a template to create a B-I-N-G-O card using photos.  You can search online for free BINGO templates. An easy one to follow is the one created by genealogist, Alice Childs,  You can use this no-cost template with a free account)

Next, select the photos you wish to use. They can be photos of ancestors, current family members, or scenes from past reunions. Just make sure they are square photos that you can easily upload into the frames in the template. If you have been working on a family photo scanning project (see the March 2023 issue of Reunions Magazine for tips), this is a great way to bring some of the photos out of storage reminisce about those faces and events from the past and create new family bonds and memories with a game everyone can play.

No photos to use? The Random Generator My Free Bingo Cards at

has free and paid options to create a game with words or phrases. You get a virtual link to the card or can print the generated card to your printer or as a PDF file. You will then need to print enough cards for your attendees, and you can cut out each image or word as slips of paper you can draw from a hat or get creative and affix them onto bingo balls. Ask every attendee to bring a small prize to give to the winners. You can often find supplies and fun items at Dollar stores or other discount outlets.