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Tic Tac Toe

15 min1 participant

Play with awake and sleeping bricks, to win a game of 3 in a row.

Let's play!

  1. Player 1: Place an “AWAKE - correct reading position” brick in one of the 9 squares

  2. Player 2: Place a “SLEEPING” brick in one of the 9 squares

  3. Both players : Continue playing, until one player WINS by getting 3 bricks in a row (up, down, across, or diagonally)

  4. Both players: If all 9 squares are full, without 3 in a row, the game is over. It is a tie.

How to prepare

  • 1 base plate

  • 10 random bricks

  • 1 bowl

Divide the base plate into 9 squares to create a Tic Tac Toe grid (3x3 squares). Grid can be made using flat or thin LEGO bricks, ropes of playdough, large rubber bands… Place 10 random bricks in the bowl.

Facilitation tips

  • Preliminary exercise: explain the difference between “sleeping” and “awake bricks”

  • Try this activity on a raised paper

  • Explain the concept of directions: up, down, across, diagonally

  • Making a grid that does not merge with the bricks of the game is important so that there is no interference during tactile exploration.

Possible variations

  • Increase the size of the board to 4-by-4 (4 in a row), 5-by-5, or even up to a 20-by-20 grid.

  • Change the size of the squares, and/or base plate

  • Use another kind/shape of LEGO bricks for player 2

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Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Solve problems: Engage in an approach, observe, question, manipulate, experiment, make hypotheses, by utilizing familiar mathematical tools or procedure

emotional skills

  • Follow courteous behavior: Interrupt a speaker in a socially acceptable manner when necessary

creative skills

  • Put into words procedures in peer-to-peer exchanges

physical skills

  • Discover the “spatial organisation of a page”: Take reference points in the page

social skills

  • Engage in game, pretend play activities, verbal play with peers

Did you know?

Cognitive skills - concentration, problem solving, and flexible thinking by learning to tackle complex tasks and building effective strategies to identify solutions.

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