Tic Tac Toe is one of the first games our boys ever learned how to play…right up there with Memory and Hide-and-Seek. It’s easy enough for little ones to learn and it teaches them beginning strategy. And let’s be honest – it’s even fun for older kids and adults. As simple as it is, there’s something fun about a little competition.
When we moved into our home, there was an ugly, tall stump in the back yard, right outside the back porch. It was about 5 feet tall and it had HUGE nails protruding all over the sides. It was an accident waiting to happen, with four boys running around – so one of the first things we did that Spring was cut it down to about a 18″ off the ground. I figured the boys would love to still jump off it – and they have. “Look, Mom! I’m flying!” Lol!
Like every other parent on the planet, when the weather is nice, I try to find ways to
kick the kids outside give the kids fun things to do outside. 😉 The sunshine and fresh air is good for them and giving them a game to play while I work in my raised bed gardens may or may not deter them from trying to dig to China. (Yes, my boys found the shovels and I currently have two giant craters out by the garage). I needed some outdoor games STAT – so why not some tic tac toe?!
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The Tic Tac Toe Table
That’s when I had an idea. Why not paint the top of that stump and make it a little tic tac toe table?? AND since some blogger friends of mine decided to do a red, white and blue themed challenge, I decided to make our little game patriotic themed. So that’s exactly what we did.
A little white paint on top,
and while that dried, I had the boys gather some rocks, handed them some paint, paintbrushes (they LOVED that part!!) and some pieces of cardboard and let them paint ’til their little hearts were content.
Tic Tac Toe Markers
NOTE: if you want perfectly painted tic tac toe markers, you should NOT enlist the help of small children. But if you don’t care (like me) and just want to let them in on the fun, I highly recommend getting yourself some cute little helpers. 😉 Oh – and while they’re busy painting rocks, paint some tic tac toe lines on your stump. (Quick! Before they notice the black paint…because they will want some. Trust me.)
Once everything is dry, give it all a quick coat of outdoor sealer/poly. And there you have it! A great little game for your kids to enjoy! And best of all? It cost you virtually nothing but a little time. 😀
Be sure to pin for later! And I’d love to know…do you still like to play tic tac toe?