Add a fun twist to tic-tac-toe, a childhood classic, that turns it into a learning game - just like Alisha!
Of all the classic childhood games, a good tic-tac-toe activity might be my favorite! Everyone has played it at some point, right?
I decided to level up our next game with some extra challenges. Bonus: these tweaks totally turned it into a learning activity!
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Super Fun Tic-Tac-Toe Activity with a Learning Twist
This tic-tac-toe twist can be played at home or on-the-go. It’s great for calming down after some energetic playtime, can be brought along to play during travel, or would work great as a waiting activity.
To set up your own tic-tac-toe activity, you’ll need:
- Markers, crayons, or pencils
- Place Holders (i.e. colored chips, rocks, gems, etc…)
First, draw the playing boards on your pieces of paper. To save paper and play more, we put several games on one piece of paper
I chose to fold the paper in half to make two game boards per side. You can fold it smaller for more games!
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Get in the mood by playing a few regular games of tic-tac-toe. Use Xs and Os, or your place holders, to mark your spots.
The objective of the game is to be the first person to cover three spots in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal).
Add a Learning Twist to Your Next Tic-Tac-Toe Activity
The age and learning level of your kids will dictate what you include in the game boards.
The variations are endless!
We’ve tried this game with these twists:
- Math equations
- Sight words
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On the first paper, fill a one tic-tac-toe activity board. I chose to add shapes.
The main objective is still the same: get three in a row first. Before covering the shape, you needed to name the shape.
For example, to cover the top left square, you’d say “circle.”
This main idea is the same for all of the learning twist tic-tac-toe boards. You or your child need to name what’s in the square on the filled-in game board.
Choose whatever skills work best for your kids and make adjustments as needed. For example, if your child is learning to read, choose to write sight words in addition to letters.
Go on a fun vowel hunt for more reading practice fun!
Whatever you’re putting on the boards, the objective of the game remains the same. Get three in a row first!
Take turns choosing the learning twist board to work on. Play a game or two on one focused on just one skill, and then move onto another skill.
To make reusable boards, you could use laminated papers or slip blank tic-tac-toe boards into dry erase folders. Just wipe clean, add a different skill, and play again!
Have fun and enjoy the learning time together!