Musical Bingo improves recall and provides opportunities to reminisce. It is also an enjoyable and sociable game. This game was created by a Music Therapist I worked with and it was very popular in our Dementia Care Unit. If you don't have time to put the game together, ask a volunteer to help you. All you need is a computer, a printer and a laminator. This activity includes downloadable song cards and calling cards.


Shelley 29th Sep 2016
I have great success with this activity for intergenerational programs. In December we have a version that includes classic holiday carols such as Oh Come All Ye Faithful, and more spirited songs like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. As a Music Therapist myself, I play the piano, providing me the ability to decide what song I play next based on the mood/tone of the group, If the children are getting a little rambunctious after singing about Frosty, we tone it down to some more traditional carols that they need to ask the resident's about. I love to develop themed music bingo cards, one of our favorites is using the melodies from beloved TV shows.
Talita 3rd Oct 2016
Hi Shelley, this sounds wonderful. How lucky your clients are to have a pianist in their midst! Great idea to involve children in this activity!
Patricia 24th Jun 2014
Thank you for more ideas! Always much appreciated! Other games I have from here are very well accepted & enjoyed immensely!
Gail 28th May 2014
We've created a slightly different version of this game with the Bingo Cards having pictures on them (some of our clients are quite vision impaired and can see plain black and white pictures better than words) Each picture reflects a song ie rainbow=Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Soldier=War songs. We haven't tried it yet but I'm sure it will be popular.
Joanne 9th Nov 2012
This game is always enjoyed. I made up bingo cards with 16 different songs on each and use milk bottle lids as counters. The music cd that I use is the one called
'Musical Quiz on CD' available from Wisdom Activities. The residents really enjoy this and we usually take an hour before someone has the whole card filled. The idea is to have a full house as it were. We usually end up singing some of the songs as well.
Valerie 20th Apr 2011
This is very interesting I shall try this with our residents for something very different. thank you very much.

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