Can I make a confession? I really do not like playing tic-tac-toe. The game requires very little in the way of skill, so virtually anytime I play it ends in a tie. And it just isn’t challenging enough to hold my interest.
However, my kids went through a phase where they loved playing tic-tac-toe. Which, of course, meant that I was called upon many times to play tic-tac-toe over and over and over.
But as much as I find the game to be boring, I did find one very good use for it – teaching letters! In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series, I’m sharing how I helped my kids learn their letters by playing Letter Tic-Tac-Toe.
Letter Tic-Tac-Toe is super simple to play. Grab a white board and a marker or simply a sheet of paper and a pencil. Draw a grid with two horizontal and two vertical lines. Then two people take turns filling in the nine boxes in an attempt to get three in a row.
Instead of playing with the usual X’s and O’s, I asked XGirl on this particular day to play with lowercase c’s.
And I played with lowercase a’s.
Even though most of our games ended in a tie, I felt like we were both winners because my daughter got to practice her letters while having fun at the same time. Whoo hoo!
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