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Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game

Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game
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What you will make:

Make a reusable tic-tac-toe game board to play on long car rides, at a park or on the beach. This simple-to-make game board with playing pieces easily packs in a backpack to play any time or place! Use your creativity and imagination to make a tic-tac-toe game that is uniquely yours.

This craft is well-suited for family, group or classroom craft time and takes very little preparation by the adult or teen leader.

Related craft: Tic-tac-toe is in a family of games called games of alignment. Make and play another game of alignment that's popular in Africa: The Game of Achi

Here's what you need:
  • Cardboard (cereal box or poster board)
  • Cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • 1" circle punch
  • Plastic bag for storing game
  • Optional: White glue (Elmer's, PVA), 1" foam brush, fancy paper, rubber stamps and stamp pad, paper cutter

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make a Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Gather the materials needed for making your Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Games. If you are doing this project with a group of young children, pre-cut the cardboard and construction paper.

Step 2: Cut

Cut the cardboard into a 6" square. To make a colorful game board or to cover printing on cereal box cardboard, cut a 6" square of construction paper. Cut four strips of construction paper, in a contrasting color, that are ½" by 6".

Tip: Cut two squares and eight strips of construction paper to make a double-sided game board.

Step 3: Glue

If you cut a 6" square of construction paper, glue it to the cardboard with white glue. Spread the glue with a foam brush to make an even, thin coating all over the cardboard.

Glue the strips of paper to the game board to form a tic-tac-toe grid.

Step 4: Game Pieces

Punch 10 circles from white cardstock using a 1" circle punch. Mark a X on 5 pieces and an O on the other 5 pieces.

Tip: Use your creativity to make game pieces. Use the markers to draw doggies and kitties, glue punched shapes to the game pieces, cut images from fancy paper, or stamp your pieces with two different stamps.

Tip: Store your finished game board and playing pieces in a plastic bag.

That's it! Now play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe!
Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Casey for sharing this craft idea with Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1997.

Casey shared how the game can be customized for any holiday: "Take any colour of construction paper (let's say it's Easter). Cut out eggs as your pieces. Make 10; 5 any color for one person and 5 another color for the other person."

Tic-Tac-Toe board made with wonky lines

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Tip: The tic-tac-toe board can be wonky! Lay the strips of paper forming the grid on slight angles instead of straight.

Tic-Tac-Toe board and pieces in purple and yellow

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Tip: Make the game board and playing pieces in coordinating colors.

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