Today’s fabulous Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe idea is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family. Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher. This post is part of our learning with manipulatives series.
Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe
This is a really sweet and simple activity which has kept my boys occupied for quite a while! Adding a sensory element to the standard tic tac toe game really seemed to engage them – especially as there was the chance that they might have to miss a turn.
You will need:
At least six each of three colours of miniature erasers – this is a colour for each player, and a “miss a turn” eraser colour.
Two packets of water beads, soaked overnight to expand fully.
A container for the beads which will comfortably fit a player’s hand inside. Allow space for some rummaging.
One square piece of felt to accommodate the size of nine of your erasers. I laid mine out and then cut the felt to fit.
Instructions for Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe:
Soak the beads overnight in their container.
Snip the tic tac toe board with sharp scissors. I did this freehand, but you can use a light coloured chalk to mark a hashtag to cut around.
Place the felt game board on a flat surface.
Drop the erasers into the beads and leave them to distribute themselves.
Decide who takes the first turn!
How to Play Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe:
Take it in turns to hunt for a correct colour eraser to play with. If it isn’t your colour, or if it’s the “miss a turn” eraser, forfeit your turn. Three of the same coloured eraser placed in any direction wins.
By using small erasers, you are encouraging your kids to use their pincer grip
I’m joining a team of bloggers in a year-long series about learning with manipulatives. As a mum, I know that there is no better way than to learn through play and using manipulatives with kids whilst they are playing and learning means they are developing fine motor skills.
I am really looking forward to sharing and learning with you through play this series as we share creative ways to work on fine motor skills while learning.
- Fill the Jar Addition Game with Mini Erasers from Life Over C’s
- Sticky Ten Frames from Still Playing School
- Construction Site Preschool Letter Sensory Bin from Learning 2 Walk
- Mini Eraser Counting Game: Race to Fill the Cup from Mom Inspired Life
- Kindergarten Patterns from Sugar Aunts
- Valentine’s Day Grid Math Game with Mini Erasers from Stir the Wonder
- Emotions I Spy Bag from Adventures of Adam
- Valentine’s Puppies Roll and Cover Game from Simple Fun For Kids
- Lots-of-Love Heart Sight Word Game from Raising Little Superheroes
- Stack the Erasers Fine Motor Math Game from School Time Snippets
- Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe from Mum in the Madhouse
- Adding up to Five Activity from Play & Learn Everyday
- Number Bonds Activity Using Mini Erasers from Lalymom
- Mini Erasers Busy Box from Teach me Mommy
Thank you so much for featuring my craft! The boys really loved hunting down the little hearts, even when they found the purple “miss a turn” erasers. There are so many fun things you can do with mini manipulatives.
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Love this idea. I bet digging around for the erasers feels great! x
Oh I would so happily play that, if only for the opportunity to legitimately rummage around in those beads – love them! What a great idea.
Such a brilliant idea! Gorgeous photos too 🙂
Sweet idea, I’m dying to try out water beads with the kiddos!
I love this idea, you are so creative! I especially loved the tulip paintings.
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I love those water beads, they’re so tactile, this makes me want to put my hand in and give them a good swirl about. Great idea for a game, it looks so pretty too!!
This looks like lots of fun
What great ideas – we are really rubbish when it comes to being creative like this so thanks for the help!
The beads make it look so much fun! My two love playing this game, but I love the new slant! Great pictures too x
This looks like fun, and is a great way to improve fine motor skills.
I love the look of those water beads – all pink and squidgy! This looks like a fun game. I’m yet to introduce my two to tic tack toe. Must change that soon.
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This is a great variation on tic tac toe which F loves playing, super tactile and cute too! x
This looks fun! I’m actually loving all the pink int his post hehe! I really want to stick my fingers in that pot too, I love those beads! x
Love the additional sensory element to the traditional tic-tac-toe game!
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Ooooh, that is gorgeous Jen! Lovely idea.
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