As it warms up and I have been freshening up the garden and the yard in general with things like new plants and new décor. I have been trying to think of ways to incorporate things for the kids like the fairy garden. I thought it would be fun to have features just for them like their own patch of garden and little treasures and games tucked throughout.
I saw a tic-tac-toe garden game made of 2×2 tiles but found they just got lost in the mulch, I wanted something more substantial so I made the rounds at Home Depot. I found a plain cement stepping stone for about $1.29. You can used any size and shape, but you will want a plain one rather than one without a design. Originally I was going to just paint it with flowers or something similar but decided it would make a great game board. A bag of stones from Dollar Tree, some paint I already had on hand and we were in business.
One great thing about this DIY Garden Tic-Tac-toe Game is that you can pick any theme that your children will enjoy: fruits, veggies, bugs, animals, or just stick to colors. The other bonus is that the kids have fun helping to paint and create their very own Garden Tic-Tac-toe Game Set.
How to Make a Garden Tic-Tac-Toe Game
- concrete stepping stone
- acrylic paint
- large pebbles
- spray clear coat
- small bucket
- painters tape
Mark off a couple inches on each end, cover the center in paper and tape it off with painters tape.
Paint the ends to create a space for tic tac toe markers to sit on each side while waiting for your turn.
Remove paper and tape and paint on your hashtag pattern.
While board is drying take 12-14 large pebbles divide them in half and paint each half in whatever “theme” you have chosen. We did berries- Strawberries and Blueberries. I painted half red, and dotted the seeds with yellow, I let them dry before adding the green stems. Allow to dry completely and spray with 2 coats of clear to make your paint last longer. Repeat with the other half
Once you are done with these you can move onto your bucket, this will hold your tic tac toe markers when not in use. You can use a terrace cotta pot or a little pail like I did. Paint on any design, allow it to dry, and give it a coat or two of clear.
By now your game board stepping stone should be dry enough to spray with clear coat, dry, and repeat. Allow all your pieces to dry thoroughly, allow them to cure overnight and they are ready for play.