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Noughts and crosses


Noughts and crosses

What to do with this activity?

Noughts and crosses is a great game to encourage step-by-step logical thinking in your child.  You need two people to play, and you can play it anywhere with just a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.

Draw a little grid with two lines crossing another two lines at right angles. This will give you nine squares. Decide who is going to write "X"s and who will write "0"s and off you go, taking turns. The winner is the person who manages to fill three squares in a row, either across, down or diagonally.

If your child prefers playing it online you can find it here. It gives them the option of playing against the computer, or against each other.

Another name for noughts and crosses is tic-tac-toe.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to write and draw  - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.

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