Quick Project: Keep the kids occupied with a game of Tic-Tac-Toe

This game of Tic-Tac-Toe is a simple project to set up outdoors in the garden and will keep the kids occupied for hours.


Whether you call it tic-tac-toe or noughts and crosses, this oversized game board is easy enough to set up outdoors in the garden and will keep them occupied for hours.





You will only need a few supplies to set up this tic-tac-toe board in the garden and you will find everything you need at your local Builders Warehouse, and you will also find 38 x 76mm pine for this project, as well as assorted plywood and shutterply.



Plywood or shutterply for the '0' and 'X'

Pine for the surrounding frames

9 of Concrete paver blocks

Clean sand

Bark or other mulch to fill

Exterior paint or sealer and paintbrush

6 x 75mm screws


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Large diameter holesaw


Sander plus 120-grit sanding pads


Tape measure, pencil and ruler

Straightedge or spirit level



1. The first step is to decide where the board game will be placed. The overall size will be determined by the size of the concrete pavers and how much area is needed to fit these in place.

2. Once you have a measurement, you can set the size required for the '0' and 'X' shapes. Cut these out of plywood or shutterply using a jigsaw.

3. Use a large diameter holesaw to cut an opening in all the '0' pieces.

4. Sand all the '0' and 'X' pieces smooth to prepare for painting.

5. Apply exterior paint or sealer with a paintbrush. Follow the manufacturers recommended guidelines for application for exterior use.





6. While waiting for paint to dry, you can set out the timber beams that will surround the board game.

GOOD TO KNOW: The overall dimensions of the board game will be determined by the available space.

7. To join the beams together, angle the screws at the corners to pull the beams together.

8. Now you can fill up the base with soft sand, or sandpit sand. Only fill to about halfway, as you still need to add the concrete pavers.

9. Use a straightedge to smooth and level out the surface of the sand.

10. Bed the concrete pavers firmly in the sand and check the level.

GOOD TO USE: Use a spirit level to ensure the concrete pavers are level. You want the air bubble on the level guide to be between the two marked lines.

11. Finish off by adding a layer of bark or mulch material.

Now your outdoor board game is ready for use.




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