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Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Activities, Outdoor fun | 48 comments

Make your own garden Tic Tac Toe

Make your own garden Tic Tac Toe

We love being outside with the sun on our face and the wind in our hair, especially on some lovely summer days. We also love playing games. We have plenty of ball games to keep us amused, but how about a board game for the great outdoors? When my children asked if they could paint stones, I thought it was a fantastic way we could make our own garden tic tac toe.How to make your own garden tic tac toe

How to make a garden Tic Tac Toe

You need:

  • 10 Stones
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Varnish
  • permanent marker
  • Sticks
  • String

It really is very simple to make, here’s how we did it…

We decided we neededΒ two different pictures to paint on the stones. We have a bit of an obsession at the moment for butterflies, ever since we grew our own, so one set of stones were to be butterflies and the other set were caterpillars.Tic tac toe stones

I drew the butterflies and caterpillars on the stones in permanent marker and they painted them.Painting stones for tic tac toe

Once they were dry, we varnished them, so the paint would be protected outside.

While we were waiting for the varnish to dry, we headed into the woods to collect 4 sticks of roughly the same size.

We trimmed the sticks to the same length, then laid them in a grid formation and used string to secure them.

Then our game began…Playing garden tic tac toe

I had to teach Pinky and Boo how to play Tic Tac Toe. Once, they got the idea they played together for ages. I did sit with them, prompting them to think before they decided on their next move and suggesting to look at where the other player may get 3 in a row etc. They gave Grandad a game and even beat him!Playing garden tic tac toe with Grandad

It turned out to be a fantastic game for learning, thinking, problem solving and strategies.

They really did enjoy this Tic Tac Toe and I think it was loved even more because it was physical, it was outside and they made it themselves out of stuff we found. I am looking forward to playing this a lot more over the summer…lets see who wins!

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  1. This is awesome lovely! I can’t wait until we are able to do some neat and tidy painting, we’re still at slap in on the page stage! #Whatevertheweather

    • Thank you, we did enjoy these and I really love them πŸ™‚

  2. This is incredible! I absolutely love your blog by the way. You are so creative. And these stones are beautiful. I love playing tic-tac-toe but this is an even better way to play it. I bet your little ones loved it. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather x

    • Thank you so much. My children loved making the game and we are all still playing it πŸ™‚

  3. This is great! It looks awesome! I’ll definitely have to make this with Emma when she’s older πŸ™‚ #Whatevertheweather

    • Thank you, we love it and it looks so pretty outside too πŸ™‚

  4. Ooh this looks fun! This would be a great theme for a nature walk (collecting stones and sticks) and could even be finished up indoors in case of poor weather, or as they call it in Scotland: summer.

    • It is a lovely game and fun to make too πŸ™‚

  5. This is really beautfiul πŸ™‚ , this idea has been on my to make list on pinterest for a while, but I was going to make it. Never really though about Monkey doing it! I will wait now until he’s got a bit neater and then we can make it together. Thank you for sharing #KidsCorner

    • It is a great game to both play and make, they don’t even have to be that neat, any patterns would work, as long as they are the same on each set of stones πŸ™‚

  6. Aw this is too cute! Brilliant idea – looking forward to when my little one’s old enough to enjoy this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing #WhatevertheWeather

    • Thanks, I must confess I probably love it more than the kids, though they are enjoying it too

  7. I really love this! What a brilliant idea. We’re definitely going have to make this πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, I hope you love it as much as we do πŸ™‚

  8. I love your tic tac toe stones and board, they will love it even more because they helped to find things to make it and paint the stones. I never thought about showing O how to play noughts and crosses yet, maybe another game to introduce, he loves board games, so I imagine he would love this too.
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather. πŸ™‚ x

    • It is really interesting how much my girls were learning playing this game, I’d never realised before x

  9. Those stones look amazing! I want to do this πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ #countrykids

    • Thanks, they look pretty in the garden even when they’re not being played with. πŸ™‚

  10. What a great idea, we’ve made our own Tic-Tac-Toe with ladybird and bumblebee stones in our fairy garden and the guests love it. It’s great to see Pinky and Boo playing so nicely together too. Well done to them for beating Grandad, they’ll be masters of it by the end of the summer. Don’t forget to link up with Trash 2 Treasure live on Monday this would be perfect. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • It is a lovely game to make and great for them to play together and learn.

  11. What a lovely idea, you always share some great tips. I’m not sure my two would play so nicely together-too much competition!

    • Thanks, my girls tend to play nicely, however, my son can be more competitive though

  12. I love love love this I used to paint stones when I was younger and love it to make a game out of it is a great idea – must give this a try. Thankyou for linking up to #kidscorner

    • Thank you, this is one I love too and we all enjoy playing it πŸ™‚

  13. This is great! My kids are 9 and 5 and are just beginning to play against each other with tic tac toe. I love this idea especially since we have lots of stones and sticks to use! Found your post from the Parenting Pin It Party.

    • Thank you, it is such a good game for all the family and you can learn so much from it too πŸ™‚

  14. Great idea! We have done it with stones and shells before at the beach but painting them at home makes it a bit more long lasting! I’ll be giving this a go! #trash2treasure

    • Fab, I hope you have fun too πŸ™‚

  15. Oh wow this is amazing!!! Definitely need to go find some stones for this!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    • Thanks, I hope you have fun πŸ™‚

  16. What a lovely idea. I used to paint pebbles as a child but had completely forgotten until now! It’s a great game and so much better that you made it yourselves. What lovely painting they have done! Thanks for sharing & hosting #LetKidsBeKids

    • Thank you, painting on stones is a lovely childhood activity

    • Aw, thank you x

    • Fab, it really is a great game for the garden, for the whole family πŸ™‚

  17. What a great idea! We have collect some stones on our visit from the Isle of Wight ages ago but I was stumbling at what to do with them. I think my boy will like this very much. #LetKidsBeKids

    • Thanks, I hope you have fun

  18. What a brilliant idea, I love this. And, the stones look fab, a great addition to garden games.

    • Thanks, I love how they turned out

    • Fantastic, let me know how you get on πŸ™‚

    • Thank you πŸ™‚

  19. what a lovely idea! #pinitparty

    • Thank you x

    • We love playing it, just as much as we did making it πŸ™‚


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