DIY Tic Tac Toe: Toddler Edition

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It’s September, but it’s still hot here in Texas. My family loves to be outside, but when the temperature rises, we have to come inside to play. My girls love to play board games, and since they’re still so little we have to modify tradition games to meet them where they are. Here’s how to make our toddler version of Tic Tac Toe- perfect for outdoors & indoors.

I love my Cricut & I used it for literally everything! The Cricut Joy is perfect for quick projects. It’s compact in size, connects by Bluetooth, and does not require a mat to use it. Sometimes I make projects while I’m sitting in the backyard because my husband is using our home office. I’m the poster girl for making do with what you have and where you are.

Let’s make a Tic Tac Toe board!

You will need:

Cricut Joy

Cricut Smart Vinyl

Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set

Cricut Transfer Tape

Cricut Joy Deluxe Paper

Blank Canvas

Creating the Grid

Creating the template is pretty simple. A Tic Tac Toe board is a grid- 2 vertical lines and 2 horizontal lines. Make the lines with the square option in Cricut Design Space. To make the square rectangles, unlock the square and reshape it to your desired width and length. Once you get one the way you like, click the duplicate tab, and duplicate it 3 times. I made mine 10 inches long and .50 inches thick.

Game pieces

Instead of the traditional X’s and O’s, we used unicorns and lady bugs. You can find hundreds of images in the Cricut Design Space images section.

That’s it for the template. Now let’s use our Cricut Joy!

Cutting out your project

Once your template is ready, click “Make It”. You will then see a pop up that asks, “How will you load all of your materials for this project?” For this project you want to click the “Multiple Ways” option. A new page will pop up where you can set your base material. To cut the lines you will use the Smart Vinyl- Permanent. Select the Smart Vinyl-Permanent option- which is WITHOUT A MAT and load the vinyl into the Cricut Joy and let it cut.

For the game pieces, we will use the Cricut Joy Deluxe Paper. You will need to select the “on mat” option and stick the Cricut Joy Deluxe Paper to the mat by aligning the lines. Stick the mat into the Cricut Joy and your pieces will cut.

Weed The Excess

To weed the excess, peel from the corner of the Smart Vinyl- Permanent and Cricut Joy Deluxe Paper and slowly pull upwards while the excess is lifted off the backing. You can also you the tools from your Cricut Joy Starter Kit to pull the excess off.

Apply the Smart Vinyl- Permanent to the blank canvas

Now it’s time to put it all together. First, make sure that there is no dust or small pieces on the canvas. Once your canvas is completely clean, use your Cricut Transfer Tape to put over the Smart Vinyl lines. I like to start on the far left and use my scraper tool to press the transfer tape down towards the right. Scrape over it a couple of times to make sure that it is attached and pull the Smart Vinyl off.

Then align the transfer tape and vinyl combo on the canvas, use the scraper and press down to attach it. Repeat this step 3 more times to complete the grid.

For the game pieces, grab your deluxe paper and peel the pieces off. The Deluxe Paper is like a sticker. It has a light stick on the back and peels off easily. Deluxe Paper is great for toddlers because the stickiness is perfect to keep game pieces from flying away or falling off the canvas.

Now you’re ready to play! I hope you enjoyed this quick Tic Tac Toe Toddler Edition game!

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