Nov 16, 2012

While we were on vacation, my daughter and I had a lovely nature walk to look for materials to make a tic-tac-toe game board.  Making the game was just as fun as playing the game! 


To make a nature inspired tic-tac-toe board, gather four sticks that are approximately the same size.  We used thin bamboo, but twigs and sticks would work just as well.  You could even use chopsticks to make a mini board.


Lay out the sticks to make a grid.


Gather four pieces of material to tie the sticks together.  We used dried grass used for thatched roofs, but you could also use string, thread, twine, or yarn.


Tie the sticks together where they cross.  I did not use any special type of knot.  I just started wrapping the grass around the sticks and then tied the ends together.


Collect your game pieces.  We collected five white stones and five black stones.  You could also use leaves, flowers, noodles or blocks.  The options are endless!


We even moved the game board indoors and played inside after dinner.  Sophia has shown such an interest in playing games lately.  Through game playing, she has learned the importance of taking turns.  And, even though she always wants to go first, we have introduced her to rock-paper-scissors to decide who gets to begin the game. Tic-tac-toe is great for even young children to play since it is very simple.  And, although the concept of the game is not complex, tic-tac-toe helps children to develop logic and problem solving skills.


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