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Use La Loteria to talk about health with your family amid COVID-19!
La Loteria, a traditional game in Latino families, is a version of Bingo using pictures on cards instead of numbers.
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has created COVID-19 Bingo (La Loteria). The family game has pictures of social distancing, hand-washing, video calls, physical activity, healthy food, faith, hope, and more.
“My daughter and I were playing La Loteria and we thought it might be a great way to help other kids understand COVID-19,” said Edgar Gil Rico of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. “So it became a family project resulting in a new version of Bingo (La Loteria) with tips for parents to use the game to discuss COVID-19 and what families can do to stay well and healthy.”
La Loteria is bilingual in English or Spanish.
Families can print and cut out individual picture cards, game boards, and tiles to cover pictures as they are called. Play goes on until someone gets a bingo.
The game also has health tips for parents to discuss each picture on the game board. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health created each tip using resources from the CDC and FDA.
“In these times of social distancing and isolation inside our homes, it’s important to talk to children in ways that help them make sense of the pandemic and also connect family traditions and the sense of togetherness that this game brings to families,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, head of the Alliance.
The game also includes information for adults on NIH’s All of Us Research Program.
“We are being called upon to protect one another by remaining physically distant,” Delgado said. “While doing that, we can also serve our communities by participating in health research at a time when the need for good science has never been more clear.”