Games we play: Bug Bingo (thrift haul)

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin” Granola mama.  This post will be linked up to Simple Design”s Thrift Haul, a fun weekly link-up for sharing your second-hand treasures.

A few months back we had a fantastic thrift store haul: several gently used board games, with all the pieces intact, and priced around $3 a piece.  Sold!

Since then, our family Friday Night Nest game and movie night has included some classics such as Life, Monopoly, and Apples to Apples as well as a few new-to-us games, such as Bug Bingo.

Bug Bingo

The gold sticker that proclaimed Bug Bingo as a “Dr. Toy 10 Best Games Winner” caught my eye at the thrift store, while the full color illustrations of critters such as mayflies, orb web weaver spiders, mosquitoes, and cicadas grabbed my entomologists-in-training childrens” attention.

Bug Bingo is from a company called Lucy Hammett Games and is for 2 to 6 players, ages three and up – perfect for our family.  The object is simple, as in original bingo, you want to match up the bugs on your card with the cards the caller holds up, aiming for a line across either vertically or horizontally.  The first players to have a Bug Bingo yells out, “metamorphosis!”

The cards have extra facts about the bugs, flies, spiders, and beetles featured in the game which add in a cool learning element, too.

Lucy Hammett Games

I was pretty happy to wander over to to find that they make quite a few bingo games, including Science Bingo, Body Bingo, Bird Bingo, and various geography bingo games.  You can and , as well.  Or, if you”re lucky like we were, you might score one at your local thrift shop.

I think we”ll be on the lookout for more Lucy Hammett bingo games, thanks to our thrifted discovery of Bug Bingo. I would certainly call that a win!

What games have you and your family been enjoying lately? Have you had any lucky recently scoring second-hand treasures for your kids? Head over to Simple Design to link up!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. My son loves Blokus! I love this, though. I think I’ll look them up. We typically always give the kids one board game at Christmas and then play it sometime during he day. It is our tradition…haven’t picked this years out so I am on the lookout!
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  2. Darn, no board games for us yet (is two years old too young?) so the closest we’ve got to board games are puzzles. I can’t wait to have family game nights when my kiddo is older!
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  3. Love this! We also really love finding jigsaw puzzles at the thrift store. They’ve never been missing a piece, which is what I always thought might be the case. So fun!

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