Backyard Bingo

Historic yellow mansion seen in the distance between a break in bushes, heavy with purple lilacs
Longfellow House in spring, surrounded by blooming lilacs

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Backyard Bingo

“In all places, then, and in all seasons,
Flowers expand their light and soul-like wings,
Teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,
How akin they are to human things.”

“Flowers,” Voices of the Night, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow loved the outdoors so much that he planted trees, shrubs, and even a formal garden on his property so he and his family could spend time outside. Henry wrote lots of poems about being outdoors, including some about animals, trees, and even the night sky.

Use this Backyard Bingo card to explore a green space near you – a park, a walk around your neighborhood, or even your own backyard.


Keep track of the items you find. You can use the Bingo sheet on a phone as you explore or download and print this Backyard Bingo template. See how many boxes you can get!


  • Bingo sheets
  • Writing utensil: pens, markers, crayons, etc.
  • Optional: a clipboard or book to write on
Table made of twenty boxes, filled with plants, animals and things you can find outside

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Last updated: April 22, 2020