Bingo History - The Origins Of Bingo GamesWritten by Mark Falco
The origins of bingo, as with most games, is shrouded in mists of history. However, we can trace idea back to 1500's where Italians invented a lottery game to be played 'en masse' rather like Bingo is today. "Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia" was very first state run lottery which proved to be so popular it is still played today.
Perhaps closer to game we know today however is French game of "Le Lotto" which was derived from Italian counterpart. This game was very popular with French noblemen during 18th century. This game involved a caller drawing out wooden discs number from one to ninety from a bag and calling them out the players. Each player had a game board divided into nine rows and three columns of numbers and winner would be person to mark off all numbers in one row.
Later cersions of Le Lotto appeared in Germany but this time, it was used not for gambling purposes but rather to teach children their times tables. Today, more of same can be found on children's games market including such things as spelling bingo with, of course, all of gambling elements removed.
However, first example of bingo in its modern form appeared during late 1920's when a New York toy salesman stumbled upon an addictive fairground game and had a brainwave. Edwin S. Lowe came across game of "Beano" at a carnival in Georgia. The players at this game had wooden cards full of numbers and a set of dried beans. Every time caller drew out a number they would cover it up with a bean, winner being one to mark off all numbers in a straight line either diagonally, horizontally or vertically. So popular was this game than Lowe never actually got a chance to play but idea of marketing this to mass market was formed right there and then.
A Blowing Bubble Activity that will Blow the Kids Away!Written by Anne-Marie Killer
I bet you haven't given this blowing bubble activity any thought as a child party activity?
I'm not talking about little kids blowing little bubbles from those little containers - no, I'm talking about blowing HUGE bubbles. I bet you didn't even know that it was possible? Yes, your bigger kids and their friends can have a lot of fun with this blowing bubble activity and what's more, it's inexpensive too... especially if you know how to make right bubble solution and tools.
I'll give you a few recipes to try out and also a couple of tool ideas. You can have lots of fun experimenting with mixtures and creating your own original bubble making tools.
There are so many things around you that can be used to make bubbles. Wire hangers bent into different shapes, empty milk containers, string, plastic bowls, or even your bare hands held in right position. Make a circle with your thumb and index finger or make an even bigger circle using both hands' thumbs and index fingers.
The really big bubbles need lots of solution which can get quite expensive. It's therefor a lot more economical to mix your own.