Help kids recognize alphabet letters by playing a twist on an old classic: Tic-Tac-Toe. The game’s great to use as a literacy center, homeschool activity or rainy day game!
The rules of this version of Tic-Tac-Toe are the same as the original. Players take turns saving a square by writing in it. The first player with three squares in a line (either across, down or diagonal) is the winner.
Instead of writing an X or an O, however, players will write either letters (if they are learning the ABCs) or sight words (if they have started reading).
Since Middle Brother is still working on learning his alphabet letters, I printed the ABC Tic Tac Toe (below).
I cut apart the sheet of letters and placed them in a cup I’d covered with a colorful knee sock. (This extra step isn’t required but it makes the activity a lot more exciting for kids!)
Middle Brother shook the cup to mix up the letters and then reached inside to pick a card: Y!
It was my turn next so I reached in the cup and pulled out a J.
We wrote our letters in the right spot on our sheet and started playing the game.
Alphabet Tic Tac Toe
Middle Brother went first and wrote his Y in a spot. Then I wrote J in a different place. Back and forth we went until I wrote my third J in a row and won the game.
Luckily, Middle Brother is a very good sport so we shook hands, congratulated each other on a great match, and jumped right into round 2.
Sight Word Tic Tac Toe
I always love providing easy ways to differentiate activities so, in case you’re in need for the next level of difficulty, I also included Sight Word Tic Tac Toe kids can use to practice Dolch words, popcorn lists, classmates’ names… anything!
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