The Tic tac toe game is also called wick wack woe in Asia or noughts and crosses in England. There was also an early version of the game in the Roman Empire which was called Terni Lapilli, that's why the game’s grid marking can still be found all over Rome! Tic tac toe is a fun game where players take turns marking the spaces in 3x3 grid. The player who manages to put three marks in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row wins the game. The game is often played by young children and it is also a game that the whole family can enjoy.
Tic tac toe is great because it can teach children math skills and logic. Even though the game might look simple, it can get quite complicated. There are actually 255,268 possible games and tens of thousands of combinations. A little luck is involved as well. The tic tac toe game actually enhances kids’ logic and math skills as they have to think about different combinations and develop problem solving strategies. The tic tac toe board game is recommended before children move on to more complicated games such as chess or Chinese checkers.
Your child can learn the tic tac toe game on paper and then move on to a tic tac toe board game. There are actually many games that share the principles of the game. One tic tac toe board game that we recommend is the Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game (ages 6 to 12). What we like about it is that it is large, wooden and nicely designed with an old time look. Being Melissa and Doug, it is also very durable and has a storage system to hold all the pieces together. It also contains a useful instruction booklet. Overall an excellent purchase and a game that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Another game is the Roll-It Tic Tac Toe Board Game (ages 7 and above and for 2 to 6 players). This game gives a new twist to the game by adding a dice. The game was created by a teacher from Wisconsin who uses games in the classroom in order to teach students addition and problem solving skills. This tic tac toe board game is played on nine grids. On each turn, players roll the dice, add up numbers and mark the corresponding number with their color. If a player manages to mark his color on three numbers in a row, diagonally, vertically or horizontally, he scores points. This game is a great tool to reinforce beginning math skills and fun family game that everybody can enjoy.