Getting together for the 4th of July with family and friends and looking for a fun game to play? How about making your own this stars and stripes tic tac toe game is easy to make and fun to play. Get your older kids or yourself to make the set and then the whole family from little tots through to your grandparents can join in playing together. So here we go a simple and easy craft for the 4th of July, Stars and Stripes Tic Tac Toe Painted Pebbles.
DIY Independence Day Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Game
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Tic Tac Toe is such a simple and fun game even your little tots can learn to play quickly and making your own is easy and fun this set to make is ideal for your Independence Day celebrations decorated with stars and stripes.
When picking rocks to use nice smooth pebbles (we love these ones) are recommended but if you wanted to make something bigger then you can find large river stones that are great so you can have a larger set to play on the lawn or out by the pool.
Please don’t collect your pebbles from the beach, they are part of the environment and important for the ecosystems.
Or how about making a set each for all of the kids – they will love to have these little keepsakes from this year’s 4th of July celebrations.
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Top Tips for Painting your Stars and Stripes Rocks
As these will be handled a lot as you play there are a couple of tips for making sure that your 4th July rock painted tic tac toe set lasts.
Tip 1 – Soap and Water
Before you start it’s important that your rocks or pebbles are clean, give them a good wash in some soapy water and then dry them thoroughly.
Tip 2 – A Foam Brush
The first tip is to use a foam brush to paint the rocks with the first colour rather than using a paintbrush – leave the paintbrush for adding the fine details.
Tip 3 – Get the Right Paint
Using the right paint means that the painted game will last, acrylic paints are essential! We recommend this set as have had lots of success with them.
Tip 4 – Make the board the storage
This saves us from losing any of the stones, we create the board on the storage bag – we love these ones. Just paint the board onto the bag, if it’s extra thin then place a piece of card between the layers so it only appears on one side.
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4th July Rock Painted Tic Tac Toe Game to Make
This is a quick and easy craft for older kids to make for the 4th of the July, but you will need to take a little time between layers of paint and before play to let everything dry properly.
So here we go full instructions on how to make this easy 4th July Game for Kids to play.
Easy 4th July Tic Tac Toe Painted Rock Craft for Kids
- Foam Brushes
- Small smooth stones
- Red and Blue Acrylic Paint
- Small Burlap Pouch
- Permanent marker
- White Paint Marker
- Paper Plate
- Clean the rocks with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.
- Paint half of the rocks blue and the other half red. We recommend a minimum of 10 rocks.
- Let dry completely and add a second coat and dry throughouly again
- Use the white paint marker to add dots to the blue one and stripes to the red.
- Draw a Tic Tac Toe board onto the pouch with the black permenant marker. If the fabric of the pouch is thin, make sure to place some cardstock inside before drawing to prevent bleeding.
More 4th July Activities and Crafts for Kids
Looking for some more easy and kid-friendly 4th of July Activities and crafts then check these out below
- Mini Flag Pizzas to cook with kids
- 4th July Star printed placemat
- Easy 4th July Oreo Cookies
- Fun and Simple US Flag Crafts for Kids
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.