by Chelsea Guerrero | Lakeshore Marketing
This Valentine’s Day, I’m helping kids to give tic-tac-toe a makeover! I know they’ll love decorating these reusable boards and thinking up kind phrases to write on the heart-shaped game pieces.
Note: This craft can also be adapted for use in the classroom—just print out multiple templates and add more supplies!Read More →
You will need:
- Heart Shapes template
- Foam Sheets
- Glitter Glue Painters
- Construction Paper
- Crayons, markers or colored pencils
- Glue (if needed)
- Cut the foam sheets into six-inch squares. You’ll need one for each crafter.
- Photocopy the Heart Shapes template onto white construction paper. Or you can provide foam sheets for kids to trace the shapes onto. (Each game board requires two sets of five hearts.)
- Provide each kid with a foam square.
- Have kids share Glitter Glue Painters to make wavy lines on the foam to create their tic-tac-toe boards. Tell them each space on the game board should be about the same size.
- Give each kid a copy of the Heart Shapes template. Have them color in five of the hearts so they can easily see the difference between Player 1 and Player 2.
- Ask kids to cut out all 10 hearts to use as game pieces. Or instruct them to trace the hearts onto foam sheets and cut them out.
- Now have kids write kind words or phrases such as “Love,” “Be thankful” and “Make friends” on each game piece.
- After the game boards have dried, invite kids to play Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe with a partner!
Remind kids that tic-tac-toe is more than just a game of chance. Invite them to share their strategies for thinking ahead and winning the game! Will any moves ensure a win? Are there ways to predict what their opponent will do? What moves might block their opponent from winning?