There are so many ways to keep kids entertained these days. However, we still have a soft spot for the classics, especially when we can recreate them. Not too long ago, we made this barnyard memory game out of chipboard. And today, we are going to show you how to use chipboard again to make the most classic game of all! Whether you call it tic-tac-toe, the XO game, or noughts and crosses, you can make this travel version for your little ones with just a few craft tools and materials.

At the end of this post, you will find a printable PDF and an SVG file to help you craft this XO game. While we recommend using a Cricut Maker to cut your chipboard, you can also cut it by hand with a detail knife.


Like most games designed for kids, tic-tac-toe is more than just a simple game that can keep kids occupied. It can help them develop problem-solving and strategic thinking skills, teach them how to follow rules and take turns, and allow them to slow down, concentrate, and be mindful. Today we’re going to show you how to craft this XO game so your kids can play tic tac toe anytime, anywhere!

Of course, you could just use paper and pen to play tic tac toe, but we think it’s way more fun to craft your own game board! It’s also very simple to make with our template, which includes the XO game pieces, the board, and the iron-on design for the bag. Whether your kids want to play tic tac toe during long road trips, quick car rides, or on a flight, this travel version will make it easy. It can also be a fun family bonding activity!

If you like the idea of crafting more activities for your kids, be sure to check out our free barnyard memory game and our cute barnyard animals. You can also explore our kids’ crafts page to find easy DIY projects that your kids can make—with little to no assistance from you! Also, if you want to see what else you can make out of chipboard, scroll through our chipboard projects.

No matter your age, we truly believe that everyone can benefit from making projects they love and learning new skills. So with that, we say happy crafting! ~ Lia and team

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How to Make Your Own XO Game

  1. Gather craft tools and materials. Then download the template at the end of this post.
  2. Using your Cricut Maker, cut your chipboard according to the template notes.
  3. Cut vinyl and iron-on according to the template notes, using a cutting machine; then weed out design.
  4. Apply your vinyl to one side of the square chipboard.

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Craft your own travel tic tac toe game with our step-by-step photo tutorial
Kids playing travel tic-tac-toe game
Chipboard and vinyl tic-tac-toe board with XO game pieces and bag

Explore More Easy Crafts for Kids

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