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.

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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.

tic tac toe stars and stripes painted rocks on a board on a burlap bag all set up with neither side winning. The bag is placed on a white wooden table with some red, white and blue flowers behind

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.

materials for making a set of 4th of July tic tac toe painted rocks, burlap bag, markers, paints, paper plate, pebbles and foam brush

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.

set of painted rock tic tac toe game for the independence day game

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.

a set of painted pebbles with stars and stripes next to a burlap pouch a quick and easy 4th july game for kids to make and play

So here we go full instructions on how to make this easy 4th July Game for Kids to play.

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Easy 4th July Tic Tac Toe Painted Rock Craft for Kids

A simple painted rock craft for the 4th July that kids will love to make to create a stars and stripes tic tac toe game to play.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time30 mins
Drying Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Keyword: 4th of July Craft, Kids Crafts, Rock Painting
Yield: 1 Game
Author: Cerys Parker

Equipment

  • Foam Brushes

Materials

  • Small smooth stones
  • Red and Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Small Burlap Pouch
  • Permanent marker
  • White Paint Marker
  • Paper Plate

Instructions

  • 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.
    painted rocks with acrylic paints
  • 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.
    adding stars and stripes to the painted rocks
  • 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.
    tic tac toe board added to a burlap bag for a quick and easy storage solution for play

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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