How to Make a Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Game

Four Parts:Designing the BugsPainting the BoardPainting the BugsPlaying Tic Tac Toe

For a creative approach to an old time favorite, infuse a little nature into your next game of tic tac toe. From the board to the pawns, you can use materials found in their raw state and transform them into a whimsical board game you can enjoy for years to come.

Part 1
Designing the Bugs

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    Sketch out the two types of bugs you’ll use (bugs are used in place of X’s and O’s).
    • Design each bug on a sheet of paper in the same size as your rocks.
    • Indicate which colors you’ll use per bug and how each bug will be designed. Avoid making each bug identical but still have the same elements.
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    Use a pencil to create the bug pattern on each rock that can be followed with paint. Separate the bug rocks so you know which bug will go to which team.

Part 2
Painting the Board

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    Paint the pre-marked tic tac board. Use a dark color of paint.
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    Pencil sketch the board squares. Use a ruler or straight edge to perfect the lines. Make sure each square is symmetrical and is of the same size.
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    Draw over the pencil lines with chalk or paint. This will cause them to stand out when you want to play the game.

Part 3
Painting the Bugs

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    Paint each bug onto its rock. Follow the pencil pattern you created earlier. You don’t have to paint the bug’s belly, but if you want to, do that once the top portion is dry.
    • While using paint with a brush will work, you can also use a paint pen (depending on the surface of the board) for more precision.
    • Use hot glue or super glue to join additional pieces to the bug rock (such as, googly eyes or pipe cleaner antennas).
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    Place the rocks in a cool, dry area. Allow up to 24 hours for them to dry.

Part 4
Playing Tic Tac Toe

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    Enjoy playing your game of tic tac toe with your new board and game pieces.

Tips

  • Instead of going with a traditional bug found in nature, you might prefer to create a mythical bug that is unique to your game.
  • Consider sanding any wood you choose for the board, especially if you find it in nature. This will reduce any roughness against players' skin.
  • Wash any rocks that you find in dirt or sand to remove all debris.

Things You'll Need

  • Approximately 10 rocks the same relative shape and texture; the rocks are your pawns, so they need to move easily

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  • Game board in nature or at a hardware store; the coolest game board would be drawn on top of an old tree stump but if you don’t have access to one, ask for a lumber remnant or piece of plywood at the store

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  • Art supplies, including paint for the rocks and paint to draw the tic tac toe board

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  • Paintbrushes
  • Any additions to make your board unique like glitter, googly eyes, or natural items


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Categories: Kids' Crafts