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X’s and O’x – Not Just Kisses and Hugs


It’s summertime and perfect weather for games outdoors. But let’s face it, games only hold the attention of youngsters for so long. Why not engage them in the art of creating and building the game first?

Here is a great DIY game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Post your experiences below so we can all join in on the fun!

Make an outdoor tic-tac-toe board.

Add An Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe Board To Your Garden

This project was super fast and easy, required only stuff I already had kicking around, and the kids love it.

Gather together:

  • a can of dark spray paint
  • white acrylic paint and a small paintbrush
  • 10 or 12 smooth, flat stones
  • 9 square tiles (mine were 6″ x 6″ slate tiles left over from our kitchen backsplash) or thin stone pavers.

Give your tic-tac-toe stones a good coat of dark, textured spray paint and let dry.

Use the white acrylic paint to mark half your stones with O’s and half with X’s.

To play a game of tic-tac-toe you will need five of each marker. I made six of each because, with a toddler who helps in the garden, things tend to disappear.

Lay out your square tiles or pavers in a 3-by-3 grid. If my tiles were a bit thicker, I would carve away the grass and bed them down. For this tiles like these, I just laid them on the grass.

Set your markers up in cute pots off to the side…

…and let the games begin!



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