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Giant Tic-Tac-Toe

A new twist on a family-favorite game!

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Count, take turns, accept victory and defeat—it’s all part of this lively game, played indoors or outside, for kids of all ages.
Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
What You’ll Need
  • chalk or masking tape
  • 20 six-inch paper plates
  • marker
  • stapler
What to Do
  1. Use chalk or masking tape to make a tic-tac-toe grid on the floor (indoors) or the ground (outdoors).
  2. Decorate five plates with X’s and five with O’s.
  3. Staple each decorated plate to a plain plate to make disks.

To Play:
Stand two feet away from the tic-tac-toe grid. Take turns tossing the disks, one at a time. The first person to get three disks in a row wins that round. Play until you are out of energy!

A trivia note:
When a tic-tac-toe game is a tie, it’s often called a “cat’s game,” but no one is quite sure why. Some think this refers to a cat that chases its tail but never wins. Can you think of any other explanations for this phrase?

Extend the Fun

For younger kids:  Strategy doesn’t come naturally to little ones, so give them an extra turn at Giant Tic-Tac-Toe or practice on a smaller scale with a paper game of tic-tac-toe. Even if a child is too young to participate in an actual game, she can practice drawing X’s and O’s or bending chenille sticks (aka pipe cleaners) into those shapes.

For older kids: Raise the stakes! Make more disks and enlarge the game board into a 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 grid to increase the challenge. Who will be the first to get four or five in a row?

Which of the following subjects do you most want your child to master?

Parents Talk Back
Which of the following subjects do you most want your child to master?
Math
41% (26 votes)
Science
22% (14 votes)
Technology
3% (2 votes)
Literature
8% (5 votes)
History
6% (4 votes)
Music and the arts
13% (8 votes)
A foreign language
8% (5 votes)
Total votes: 64