Tic Tac Toe

Age

3-6

Duration

Under 15 minutes

Stuff

Others

People

2+

About this activity

Can you get three counters in a row before your opponent? Have a go with this fun tic tac toe game that boosts social skills, helps children learn to regulate their emotions, and to think flexibly. Set a timer to make your tic tac toe game even trickier.

Required material
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Two sets of three counters in different colours

Instructions

1

Draw a grid with nine squares onto the paper.

2

With counters in front of you, each player takes it in turn to put one of their counters in one of the squares.

3

The aim is to get a row of three counters in a straight line. Players have to try and get a row of three and also block their opponent from achieving one.

4

If all the counters are on the grid, take it in turns to move one counter at a time until one player makes a row of three.

How was this activity?

Too easy?

Make the grid bigger with more squares, have more counters and try to reach five in a row, or set a time limit on how long you have to make a move.

Too hard?

Finish the game as soon as both players have placed all their counters on the board and call it a draw if neither have made a row of three.

Advice for grown-ups