Saturday, March 6, 2010

St. Patricks Day Tic-Tac-Toe

This tic tac toe game was created for a group game but it can also be used for just two players to play the traditional way. For a group game the blocks were numbered. Each numbered block had a matching question that was folded up and placed in a jar. Teams would draw the question and earn the matching square with a correct answer.

The children loved this BIG holiday version of tic-tac-toe. It is a very easy and inexpensive project to make.

You begin with an inexpensive foam poster board (from the dollar store). To create the tic-tac-toe board cut four strips from a sheet of 12"x12" holiday or special occasion scrapbook paper making them
1 1/2"x12".  Attach the strips to create the game board using a glue stick. Use the remaining 6"x12" piece of  scrapbook paper to create a border at the top for the game name. The game name and shamrocks were designed and printed out on a home computer using free online clipart. If you are crafty you can create your own fun design using colored markers.

Shiny shamrock coins in gold and green were used for the  playing pieces by placing a bit of tape on the backs of the coins. Paper shamrocks cut from two colors of construction paper is another idea that could be used.

This game idea can be used for any holiday or occasion. You can even make your poster board do double duty. How about, one side for St. Patricks Day and the other for Easter. A trip to a local scrapbook store would be an endless source of inspiration.

By tweaking the questions and the scrapbook paper the options are endless. Just thinking about it .... my mind is bursting with ideas. How about making one for Valentine's Day, a family Christmas party, a classroom Halloween party, a birthday party, a baby shower, a bridal shower, 4th of July, or even ones for the seasons!

Please share your ideas too. If you create one please send me a pic!

1 comment:

  1. What a cool idea! A craft and game all in one. As you say, it is easily adaptable.

    My granddaughters love to play Pretty, Pretty Princess. The boys want to play but have to put on a show of not wanting to be involved. Today we decided that there needs to be a Pretty, Pretty Pirate. I can pick up the parts at my local crafts store, and the boys will never have to be embarrassed again!