Who doesn’t love a game of Tic-Tac-Toe? Try an active spin on the classic with our Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game of the month, Tic-Tac-Toe Relay. After creating a giant game board, players will race back and forth to complete the set before the other team. But remember, this isn’t your regular Tic-Tac-Toe, so you need to work as a team to come up with a game plan.

Tic-Tac-Toe Relay

Who: Grades 3-5

Players: 10+

Time: 10+ minutes

Where: Small playground

Equipment: Six cones and nine hula hoops


How to Play

  • Form two teams (Team X and Team O) and line up. Each team will represent a different color cone. Give the first three people on each team cones of their color. 
  • Use hula hoops to set up a Tic-Tac-Toe board on the opposite end of the playground from where the players are lined up. 
  • When the facilitator, yells, "Go," the first player on each team races to the Tic-Tac-Toe board, places a cone on the board, and runs back to the starting line. 
  • The second player on the team goes when the first player runs back and give him or her a high five. 
  • After three players have run to the board, the next players move their team's cones. The game continues until a team gets three cones in a row. 


Conflict-Resolution Tip

Instruct students to cheer each other on. 



EASY: Skip.

MEDIUM: Hop on two feet. 

HARD: Hop on one foot. 


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