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Chalk & Spray Tic-Tac-Toe: “Good Day, Sunshine” Series

This is the 2nd activity for a new blog series, Good Day, Sunshine. These 10 activities, posted on Thursdays, will include fun learning to be enjoyed outdoors.

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Materials Needed

Gather these two things for tic-tac-toe with a twist: sidewalk chalk and a water-filled spray bottle! We bought both at The Dollar Tree!



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Draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board with sidewalk chalk. Put anything inside the squares that require the child to answer before spraying. We chose numbers 11-20.

Here are some ideas to fill the squares:

  1. Numbers as Answers to Operations– Write sums and children have to come up with two addends to equal the sum. Write a difference and children have to come up with a minuend and subtrahend. Write products and the children have to come up with the multiplicand and multiplier. Good for math vocabulary practice, too!
  2. Numbers to be written in Expanded Form-572 would be written as 500+70+2.
  3. Character Names-Player must tell 3 traits of the character.
  4. Science Hunt-Player must find an item (leaf, dandelion, weed, grass at least 2 inches long, small rock, worm!) and put it on the square
  5. Names of Countries– Player must identify the country’s continent.

Time to Play!


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Choose a square and give the answer. For this game, we made a subtraction problem that would result in the number. Sophia said, “11-2=9. 11 is the minuend. 2 is the subtrahend. And 9 is the difference.”


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Spray with Os or…


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X-es until…


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Tic-Tac-Toe! 3 in a row! Levi wins.

The kids can spray down the used Tic-Tac-Toe board with a water hose, find another spot to play, and then go back to the sprayed spot once it dries. Play. Rinse. Repeat.

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