My rising Kindergartener loves strategy games. He loves to think about his next move, and he also loves to win. – This means he could use some practice losing. (hello, life skill!) I personally love painter’s tape and cardboard. Kindergarten Tic-Tac-Toe is a great way to practice both! Introducing a giant game of Tic Tac Toe from cardboard and painter’s tape. Your next rainy day with kids at home is covered.
What I notice as my kindergartener plays
I’ll admit, my Kindergartener sometimes wins at this math game.
And this is not because I let him win. (sigh) My tic-tac-toe skills are actually a little rusty and could use some practice.
And here’s the other thing. Five-year-olds are at a place where they are being asked to be more responsible and are required to live up to a demanding schedule. This new routine can be draining on all of us.
I must remember to slow down and spend time with my five-year-old between busy schedules. This easy game for kids is a fun way to connect with my rising Kindergartener.
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Why are classic math activities like this important?
Besides learning how to win and lose, my Kindergartener also learns how to take turns and think ahead. Board games for kids are an excellent tool to practice this.
My rising Kindergartener will also revisit this in Kindergarten.
Children using the Common Core will work on following agreed-upon rules for discussions.
This classic kindergarten Tic-Tac-Tac-Toe game will create an opportunity to take turns based on the agreed-upon rules and initiate conversation as players place game pieces on the board. It is a quick indoor game to play in between school and sports.
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Kindergarten tic tac toe is simple to make!
Do you still have that Amazon box you forgot to break down in the garage? Perfect. Let’s grab it!
- I found cardboard squares in our garage. (Yet, another excuse that Amazon Prime is necessary.)
- I wrote an X on five squares.
- I wrote an O on five squares.
- Finally, I used painter’s tape to create the grid on my tabletop.
Pro Tip: No cardboard? You can also use construction paper or cardstock!
For this Kindergarten activity, you will need some cardboard squares, a permanent marker, and painter’s tape.
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No one prepared me for how much painter’s tape we would go through! It is absolutely one of our favorite supplies for kid activities.
Tic-Tac-Toe is a great way to spend time with your big kid
Make it large, and watch the thinking and bonding explode. – I am off to set us up again for tomorrow! When will you set up this giant tic-tac-toe?
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