Wondering just how easy it can be to make 4th of July Tic Tac Toe? Are you looking for an easy and fun game you can play with your kids on the 4th of July, or at a 4th of July birthday party? Don’t miss this easy 4th of July game that you can make with basic supplies!
If you are looking for a fun craft, or easy game to play with your kids around the 4th of July, then you’ll love this super easy 4th of July Tic Tac Toe! 4th of July Tic Tac Toe is the perfect game to play on July 4th, or even during the weeks leading up to the patriotic holiday. It’s a fun game to make with your kids and does not cost a lot of money to put together.
4th of July Tic Tac Toe is also a perfect game to make as the main activity at your upcoming 4th of July birthday party you want to host for your child that has a birthday near the holiday.
It’s also the perfect activity to do at a 4th of July party with a the neighborhood kids. And, after you make the game, then you can spend time playing the game. When your party is done, you can then send each guest home with their 4th of July Tic Tac Toe game as their goody bag!
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4th of July Game That Serves Many Purposes
Like I mentioned before, this adorable 4th of July Tic Tac Toe serves many purposes. You can use it as the activity you have the guests make at the party, then it can be played as a game at the party and then you can give it each guest at they leave in their goody bag.
I don’t know about you, but I love when I can find an activity that serves multiple purposes at a party I’m hosting. Not only does it help save money, but it also helps carry the party theme throughout the whole party and I love that!
Fun 4th of July Activity To Do With Kids
4th of July Tic Tac Toe is one of those super simple activities that you can do at a neighborhood 4th of July party, or at a 4th of July birthday party for one of your kids. Not only will the party guests enjoy making their own 4th of July Tic Tac Toe set, but they can also enjoy playing a couple rounds of Tic Tac Toe with the other party guests.
Then, when the party is finished, package up each 4th of July Tic Tac Toe set. Place each set in a brown paper lunch sack with the guest’s name written on the front, and when they are ready to leave, you have their goody bag all packed and ready to go.
You see! These adorable 4th of July Tic Tac Toe sets serve a lot of different purposes at your party and make for a fantastic, frugal, and not-to-be-missed piece of your next 4th of July party.
How to Make 4th of July Tic Tac Toe
First, you need to gather the below set of supplies and materials.
- 10 Small Rocks (I found mine in my backyard)
- 4 Popsicle Sticks
- Red, white and blue glitter
- Small 3oz. Cup
- Modpodge or Liquid White Elmer’s Glue
- Red, White & Blue Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Paper Plates
- Paper Towel
- Brown Paper Lunch Sacks
- Blue Sharpie Marker
- Hair Dryer (optional)
- Plastic Paint Palettes (optional – but works great if you have a bunch of kids)
Step 1: Plug In Your Glue Gun
Before you do anything, take a minute to plug in your glue gun so that it’s hot and ready when it’s time to use it. I recommend placing your glue gun on a paper plate while you let it heat up so that it does not burn your counter.
Also, as it starts to heat up the glue stick will start to melt and might drip, so the pate will catch any parts that drip.
Step 2: Paint The Rocks
The second step to making 4th of July Tic Tac Toe is to paint 5 of the rocks red, and 5 of the rocks blue. Paint both sides of the rocks, then set them aside to dry.
Step 3: Glue the Tic Tac Toe Board
Next, set up your 4 popsicle sticks to look like a hashtag. Using the glue gun, place a small dot of glue about 1/3 of the way down on both vertical sticks. Then take a stick and place it horizontal across both vertical sticks.
Repeat this same process making your Tic Tac Toe board look like a hashtag. Set your board aside while the glue dries completely.
Step 4: Check Your Rocks
Take a minute to check your painted rocks to see if they are dry yet. Feel free to flip the rocks over so you can make sure both sides are getting completely dry.
Step 5: Mix Your Glitter
Take your small Dixie cup and the red, white, and blue glitter. Pour about ½ teaspoon of each color in the cup and stir to mix up the colors. Set aside.
Step 6: Paint Your Board
Paint the bottom 2 left side sticks of the board red. Then paint the bottom right-hand side of the sticks blue. Then paint the middle white.
Step 7: Glue and Glitter
Paint the top two sicks of the board with glue or Modpodge. Working quickly before the glue dries gently shake the mixed-up glitter along the sticks.
Make sure you do this evenly and that you spread the glitter out enough to cover both sticks.
You might also consider placing a paper towel underneath the board before you start adding the glitter so that it’s easy to clean up when you are done. Gently shake off the excess glitter and set aside.
Step 8: Paint Stars and Stripes
Next, you need to check to make sure your rocks are completely dry. If they are not, then use a hair dryer to finish them.
Once they are completely dry you can start by adding the stars to the blue rocks.
Take a blue rock and using the handle tip of your paint brush, dab it in white paint and add a few white dots. I like to add 7-10 dots.
Next take your red rocks and add 2-3 horizontal stripes along each one. Set them all aside to dry, or you can use the hairdryer again to speed up the drying process.
Step 9: Make a Goody Bag
If you are using this 4th of July Tic Tac Toe game at a birthday party or a kid’s party and you want to send your guests home with their game, then make sure you to prepare a bag with each guest’s name on it.
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All you need to do is take a brown paper lunch sack and write their name on the bag with a blue sharpie marker. Then place all their dried 4th of July Tic Tac Toe game materials inside and they will have a nice little goody bag to take home with them when the party is finished.
4th of July Tic Tac Toe Party Hacks
There are a few optional supplies you can buy if you are using this game as one of the activities at a birthday party with a handful of kids.
First, if your guests are under the age of 6, you might want to consider using markers to color your rocks instead of paint. The guests could just color 5 of the rocks blue and 5 of the rocks red and not try to add stars or stripes. Of course, it’s up to you though!
If your party guests are a little bit older, 7 and up, then you can go ahead and use paint. Just make sure you have your table all prepared before you begin. Have a tablecloth on the table to catch any extra paint that drips.
Give each child a paint palette with dabs of each color of paint, as well as glue. Make sure your guests each have at least 2 paint brushes, one for paint and one for glue.
Pre-Mix What You Can
You can also pre-mix the glitter and hand out a cupful to each guest when it’s time to add the glitter. You or another adult can make sure to help with glue gun or you can consider gluing the boards ahead of time so you can skip the glue gun altogether.
While you wait for paint to dry, you can consider doing other crafts in between or have multiple hair dryer set up and ready to go. One time at a party where we needed to wait for paint to dry, we played trivia in between.
I asked questions about the party theme and handed out candy for correct answers. It was a way to keep the kids occupied, it kept them in their seats, and it passed the time while we waited for paint to dry.
And there you have it! A fun 4th of July craft, game, activity, and goody bag item you can make for your next 4th of July party! Plus, as you can see it’s a very inexpensive activity you can make that is a cute, fun, and serves many purposes, which makes it an awesome addition to your next party.
Other 4th of July Party Ideas:
- How To Make 4th of July Flag Brownies with M&M’s
- How to Make 4th of July July Brownies with Fruit
- Easy 4th Of July Party Ideas For Kids
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