A Fun DIY Game
Inside: Classic Math Games for kids using Tic-Tac-Toe
Let’s bring back the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe!
My rising Kindergartner loves strategy games.
He loves to think about his next move, and he also loves to win. - Which means he could use some practice losing.
Tic-Tac-Toe is a great way to practice both!
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I’ll admit, my Kindergartener sometimes wins!
And this is not because I let him win. My Tic-Tac-Toe skills are a little rusty and could use some practice.
However, this is a great opportunity to connect with my rising Kindergartener.
I know two-year-olds get a bad rep, but being five is hard too.
Five-year-olds are at a place where they are being asked to be more responsible, and are required to live up to a demanding schedule that they may or may not be up for. This can be draining on us and them.
It is important for me to remember to slow down and spend time with my five-year-old.
This classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe is the perfect way to reconnect!
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Why are classic math games like this important?
Aside from learning how to win and lose, my Kindergartener is also learning how to take turns and think ahead.
My rising Kindergartener will revisit this in Kindergarten.
Children working under the Common Core will be asked to follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
This classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe will create opportunity to take turns based on the agreed upon rules, and initiate conversation as players place game pieces on the board.
This classic math game is simple to make!
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I found cardboard squares in our garage. (Yet, another excuse that Amazon Prime is necessary.)
I wrote an X on 5 squares.
I wrote an O on 5 squares.
Finally, I used my painter’s tape to create the grid on my tabletop.
My five-year-old and I must have played about 25 games since it was set up!
Tic-Tac-Toe is a great way to spend time with your big kid that needs a little one on one time.
Make it large, and watch the thinking and bonding explode.
In fact, I am off to set us up again for tomorrow!