Tic-Tac-Toe, Naughts and Crosses, Xs and Os, Three In A Row – this game has so many alternative names! Despite this, the concept is always the same. Players take turns to mark the spaces in a 3×3 grid. The player who is able to place three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row wins the game. To introduce Adam to the game, I created our own DIY Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe.
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Despite not having an ounce of artistic ability in my body I am pleased with how our DIY Tic-Tac-Toe counters turned out. After the success of our Hiku Penguin Story Stones, I love painting pebbles!
I created five Father Christmas’ by using red acrylic paint for his clothing and white acrylic paint for his beard and coat trimming. I mixed the red and white acrylic paint together to paint Father Christmas’ face and used a Sharpie Fine Permanent Marker Pen to outline everything and add facial features.
As our Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe can be used as a Busy Bag I wanted a way of storing our game. This cute Christmas Tree box is from Tiger Stores UK and is perfect for holding everything together.
To create our 3×3 grid I used Santa Hat ribbon. You could always use tinsel to give the game an additional festive feel!
It was time to have a game of Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe. Adam has fallen in love with Father Christmas this year so it was obvious who he was going to choose. Last year he would only call Father Christmas “Papa DeeDee”. Unfortunately he seems to have lost that nickname – despite the rest of us now saying Papa DeeDee.
Adam got the idea of taking it turns to place a pebble onto the grid but it took longer for him to understand the concept of making either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row. This will come with time and I can see our DIY Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe being used many times over the festive season.
* Pebbles. I purchased these from our local garden centre
* Storage box – we purchased ours from Tiger Stores UK.
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