A DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game is fun for people of all ages and makes a thoughtful handmade gift. This game can help teach children important strategy skills. The pressed flowers and leaves make this game extra special and fun to play with!
These tic-tac-toe rocks are so fun to make! You can use special flowers from your yard that you dried yourself or purchase a pack of pressed flowers from Amazon.
Try making Tic-Tac-Toe rocks for every season by painting simple pictures on the stones. For fall you can make pumpkin and spider stones and for winter try painting snowflakes and simple evergreen tree stones. The possibilities are endless!
Ready to make a DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game? Here’s what you’ll need….
- 10 Rocks- Make sure your rocks are a little larger than your pressed pieces of nature.
- You can also find stones in craft stores, landscape shops, or Amazon.
- White paint
- Pressed Pieces of Nature- You will need 2 sets of game pieces with 5 similar types of nature. We made 1 set with 5 pressed flowers and another set with 5 pressed leaves. This set looks nice and this set does too!
- Mod Podge– Play around with gloss and matte finish to see which you like more.
- Tweezers– These are helpful for small and delicate petals.
- 4 Sticks- Make sure they are large enough to fit your unique pieces of nature. Our sticks are about 12 inches (30.5cm) long.
This post contains Affiliate links for your convenience.
RELATED: Check out 10+ Simple and Beautiful Stone Activities for Kids!
Here’s How We Made This Beautiful Tic-Tac-Toe Game:
Paint your rocks white. Paint one side of the rock and let it dry. Then flip it over and paint the other side of the rock and let it dry.
Put a dab of Mod Podge on the rock and place your pressed piece of nature on the Mod Podge. The Mod Podge does not need to dry before moving on to the next step.
Cover the rock and pressed piece of nature with a coat of Mod Podge. Let the Mod Podge dry.
Repeat this process for all of your rock game pieces and let them dry thoroughly.
Set up you Tic-Tac-Toe grid with the sticks – Lay 2 sticks vertically about 4 inches (10 cm) apart and lay the other 2 sticks horizontally on top of the other sticks about 4 inches (10 cm) apart.
How to Play with the DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Board
- One person has the flower rocks and the other person has the leaf rocks.
- Players take turns putting their stones in the empty squares.
- The first player to get three of 3 of his/her stones in a row (up, down, across, or diagonally) is the winner!
You can make a special bag for your game pieces and play over and over again!
Pin this activity to save it for later!
I hope you give this nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this activity as my boys.