Tic Tac Toe is a classic game that is perfect for keeping the kids entertained! For this project, paint your own stones and create your own game box for your very own Tic Tac Toe Stones Game Box.
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Supplies for Tic Tac Toe Stones Game Box:
- Assorted Acrylic Craft Paints (two colors of your choice)
- Black Oil-Based Pen
- White Chalk Marker
- Small-sized stones – find these stones in your backyard at the beach or purchase here. Make sure to get stones without a shiny finish
- Foam Paint Brushes
- Photo Box or a similar small shoe box
First, pick out ten small, round stones. Pick two of your favorite colors, and paint five of each color. I painted my stones red and yellow for my ladybugs and bumblebees. You can coordinate your colors to whichever designs, symbols, pictures, etc. you want to represent each Tic Tac Toe team player. Some fun ideas – cars and motorcycles, moon and stars, french fries and hamburgers. Really the sky is the limit on what items to paint on the stones.
For a nice coat, you are going to want to paint these stones over a couple of times, letting each layer of paint dry. Luckily, it doesn’t take very long to dry as along as each coat is too thick.
While waiting for your stones to dry, you can start drawing the Tic Tac Toe square onto the picture box. Take a pencil and a ruler and measure the box to figure out how to center the Tic Tac Toe square. My box was 11.25 x 7.75 inches. I took off 1.75 inches from each side of the length of the box ( the 11.25 side). This gave me a perfect square to work with (7.75 x 7.75inches). To determine where to put the lines, I divided 7.75 by three, because tic tac toe squares are 3 x 3, or cut into thirds both length-wise and width-wise. That turned out to be 2.6 inches, which is the dimension of the nine individual squares (2.6 x 2.6 inches). The point of determining that dimension helps you figure out where to draw your lines. So, with this dimension in mind, take your ruler and go in from one of the sides of the large square at that length (2.6 inches for me). This is to be from each side; four lines will be drawn total (two going horizontal, and two going vertical). You should have one complete box in the center, with eight incomplete boxes surrounding it; making a grand total of nine boxes. Go over your lines made in pencil with a white chalk marker (or whatever color shows up the best on your box).
Once your painted rocks are completely dry, take your black oil-based pen and draw on two different pictures for each set of stones. The kids will love doing this part! Just make sure that each set have the same picture, because each set is meant to be used as a team player’s game pieces.
This Tic Tac Toe game is great for the kids to carry around wherever they go– whether they take it on an adventure to the park, backyard or simply to their room to play. Using a box makes it easy to store all the rocks that go along with it.
Let the games begin!