Popsicle Stick Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

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Updated on Jun 14, 2013

Looking for a contemporary way to play the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe? This interactive craft project allows your child an opportunity to use his creativity and fine motor skills, while also developing the concept of taking turns and game play. Even simple games such as Tic-Tac-Toe will do wonders to boost your young child's strategic thinking skills.

What You Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Yarn
  • Glue
  • Small rocks
  • Acrylic paint in two colors
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Help your child glue popsicle sticks into a tic-tac-toe board.
  2. After the sticks have dried, show your child how to wrap yarn around the four inside corners and then tie off with a knot. This helps the board keep its durability.
  3. Have your child select two colors of paints for the rocks. Paint six rocks one color and six rocks a different color. Allow them to dry.
  4. Once the game board and the game pieces are complete, go ahead and play! Each person takes a turn placing their rocks in the tic-tac-toe grid, trying to be the first player to get three of their rocks in a row. In the event that neither player can make the pattern, then it is a draw and you play again.

To make a larger board, have your child help you hold and glue sticks together in a larger grid. You can vary the game by having each player attempt to get four in a row, on a 5x5 or 6x6 grid.

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