A version of this article originally appeared in OUR HOMES Summer 2018.
This go-anywhere Tic-Tac-Toe game is ideal for a day at the beach, games night or a rainy day at the cottage. Collect 10 smooth, small stones. Mark them with Xs and Os or get creative with your game pieces! We've played with bees and ladybugs, too. Stitch a quick drawstring bag to store the game.
To Make Play Pieces
10 small flat stones
Acrylic paint (in colours noted below)
Using white paint, mark five stones with an X and five with an O. When dry, coat with Mod Podge to seal.
- Paint five stones red and five yellow.
- When dry, on red stones using black, paint each end, and a stripe down the middle and add spots.
- On yellow stones using black, paint stripes around the stone and a wider stripe at one end for a head.
- When dry, add two white dots for eyes on all stones.
- Coat with Mod Podge to seal.
Stitch a Drawstring Bag
Material, six-inches wide by 24-inches long (we used burlap ribbon and fabric)
Ribbon, 2 lengths, 18-inches each
Thread (we matched our material)
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Safety pin or bobby pin
To stitch a channel for the drawstring, fold 3-inches in from each end of the material. Stitch two seams at each end, at 1-inch and 2-inches from the folds.
Fold material in half, right side in. Stitch each edge with a 1/4-inch seam, stop 2 inches from the top of the bag to leave the stitched channels open. Turn right side out.
Attach the first ribbon to a safety pin or bobby pin and thread it between the stitched channel on the front of the bag and out, then thread back through the channel on the back. Knot the ends of the ribbon together to make a loop. Repeat with second ribbon, starting from the opposite channel opening. You should be able to pull the knotted ribbons and draw in both sides of your bag.
Using a black marker, draw a grid on the drawstring bag with two vertical lines and two horizontal lines as your game board.