Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tic Tac Toe

I love adding a fun new game to our schoolwork! I made a Tic Tac Toe game recently. It's great because it can be used to review anything. And works great with multiple ages. In fact, it's been a huge hit at our house. The kids ask for it almost everyday!

I cut the tops off of 2 file folders to make each side of the file folder even.  I over-lapped the two folders and adhered them together to make it a tri-fold - I used double sided tape, but you could also use glue.  I found a pack of library cards at my local teacher's store and adhered them to the file folder, 3 in a row on each flap.  I also added some cute lettering that I found in my scrapbooking stash.  I made a sheet of X's and O's on the computer, laminated them and cut them out.  I added Velcro dots to the back of each one, placing the other half of the Velcro dots on the library pockets.

Next I folded up the bottom flap and added a second set of Velcro dots here, so we had a storage spot for all
of our X's and O's.  The library pockets are what make the game reusable and multi-level.  When playing the game, I set up two index cards - one color for each child - and slip them into the library pockets.  Our favorite, so far, has been to take the math facts from our daily drill sheets and put one each card.  We even save the cards and the kids use them to fill in their drill sheets for that day.  They love this - they already did the work, had fun with it, and now they get to cross it off from their checklists!  I am also looking forward to using it for review in other subjects, too: geography, Bible, spelling...lots of possibilities!

Just as in regular Tic Tac Toe the goal is to get 3 in a row.  So the kids take turns and choose the pocket they want, pull the index card out and solve the problem.  If they get it right, they put their letter on that pocket.  If they get it wrong, the other child gets a chance to solve their index card to place their letter there. 

I recently made an update to our game: I now cut our index cards in half length-wise.  Not only will this help save on index cards, but it's easier for the kids to grab their card out of the library pockets.  And the size works great for our math problems so far.

Here's a download of the X's and O's and the cover sheet.  (I printed the X's and O's page 2 times.)  Have fun!!!


  1. The game Tic Tac Teo is awesome!You made this i surprized.

  2. I wonder if this would work for chores!! ... do the chore on the card and then you earn the X or O for that space!

    1. Oooohhhh! What a great idea! We have a few chores around here that always cause arguments over who did it the last time - like feeding the dog. If it were part of the game, I bet they would rush to be the one to do it! I'm going to have to give this a try very soon!