This DIY Tic Tac Toe Kids Activity is the Best Boredom Buster!

You are going to have so much fun making this easy DIY tic tac toe game kids activity. Best part? It’s the easiest boredom buster you’re going to find!

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I love this easy and fun boredom buster kids activity of making a DIY tic tac toe game!

Easy DIY Tic Tac Toe Kids Activity

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have found ourselves to be kind of out of on a little run of “boredom” at our house lately. No surprise. With raining off and on and no school, it’s like we just can’t keep the kid occupied enough. So, I came up with this fun kids activity of making a whole DIY tic tac toe set!


It was all-made by the kiddo, except for making the tape lines straight on the bag (I did that because the first 3 attempts by the kiddo were less than perfect enough for her). And, the very best part? Now we have an awesome DIY game to play anytime we want–it even travels! If you’re ready to make this awesome boredom buster, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make this Boredom Buster

  • Allow the paint to dry fully before playing the game–so much sloppy mess occurs when you don’t let it dry.
  • Let the kids choose the colors–heck, if they want to do the whole rainbow, let ’em. No reason to turn this into some kind of monochromatic sad sack.
  • Turn this into a much longer activity by having the kids gather the rocks out in the yard!
  • You’ll need someone to make a score card, if your kids are a little older, because this is a fast DIY game–and the first to win 3 out of 5 wins…or 6 out of 10…or 30 out of 50.
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I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Awesome DIY Tic Tac Toe Kids Activity

DIY Tic Tac Toe Kids Activity

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This is such a fun and easy DIY Tic Tac Toe Kids Activity that makes for the best boredom buster. I love the painted rocks and the little travel bag!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Burlap Drawstring Bag
  • Americana Paints by DecoArt – Lavender, Sour Apple and Laguna
  • Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish by DecoArt
  • River Rocks – 12 small and flat
  • Scrap of Cardboard


  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape
  • Flat Paint Brush
  • Palette (simple as a paper plate)
  • Paper Towels


  1. Place the scrap cardboard into the burlap bag, to keep the paint from bleeding through. Measure and sketch a tic tac toe grid on one side of the burlap bag.  Place painters tape in two vertical lines about 1/4″ wide each on either side of your grid sketch.  Use Lavender paint to paint the space between the painters tape grid, remove the tape, then let the paint dry.  Repeat taping and painting the horizontal lines and allow them to dry completely.
  2. With a flat paintbrush, paint X’s on six rocks using the Laguna paint, allow them to dry and then repeat with a second coat, if desired.  
  3. After washing the brush, paint O’s on six rocks using the Sour Apple paint. Allow the O's to dry and then repeat with a second coat, if desired.
  4. After the rocks are dry, apply two coats of Dura Clear Matte Varnish, allowing the rocks to dry completely between each coat. photo collage of how to make a tic tac toe kids activity game


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