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O's and X's

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O's and X's James McDonald

Tic, tac, toe is a simple game to encourage children to think ahead. 

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • 2 pencils

What to do:

  • Draw a grid on the piece of paper (two horizontal lines and two vertical lines to make nine squares).
  • One player draws the X's and the other the O's.
  • The first player to get three X's or O's in any direction wins!

Hints and Tips:

  • You can add more vertical and horizontal lines to create more squares.
  • When drawing the squares, you can show the children how to draw two horizontal parallel lines crosses by two vertical parallel lines to make nine spaces in three rows.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Couple (2), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    For a 3 year old child:

    - Copies “O”.
    - Imitates “X”.
    - Talks in short sentences.
    - Uses words that tell “where” (up. down etc).
    - Count 2 or 3 things.
    - Does simple matching.
    - Does simple comparing.
    - Understands same and different.
    - Begins to take turns and share.
    - Plays with another child.

    For a 4 year old child:

    - Correct pencil grip.
    - Uses left or right hand preference.
    - Uses many different words.
    - Listens to and understands instructions.
    - Matches objects.
    - Identical copies images when drawing.
    - Participates in directed experiences.
    - Plays co-operatively with others.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Family Games, Learning Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO1 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Identity

    1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care empathy and respect

    LO2 - Children Are Connected With And Contribute To Their World

    2.3 Children become aware of fairness

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Created On January 2, 2015 Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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