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Reverse Tick-Tack-Toe

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

This game is somewhat similar to ordinary tick-tack-toe, but has a different goal!


  • One pencil per player
  • Paper


  1. This game requires two players.
  2. One plays Xs; the other plays Os.
  3. Draw a tick-tack-toe grid (two vertical lines intersected by two horizontal lines to form nine equal spaces) on paper.
  4. The object of the game is to avoid claiming three spaces in a row.
  5. To start the game, one player writes her letter in the center space.
  6. The other player then writes her letter in any empty space.
  7. The players take turns claiming spaces in this way until one player (the loser) claims three spaces in any vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.