How to Teach Through Play ~ the fun & history of Tic-Tac-Toe!
Each TOY or GAME has a STORY to share with kids.
Today, the Game of TIC-TAC-TOE tells its story…
WHAT is the Game of Tic-Tac-Toe: Tic-Tac-Toe is a game of strategy and tactics played by 2 players identified as marks X and O. The “game board” is a 3 x 3 row grid, often hand-drawn on paper, where each player tries to be first to draw 3 marks horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
WHO invented Tic-Tac-T0e, WHEN and WHERE: No one person is credited with inventing Tic-Tac-Toe.
Rather, the idea of the game has been traced back to the Roman Empire, 1st century BC, in a game called Terni Lapilli. 3 x 3 grids have been found on the surfaces of various things, but no X or O markings. Historians believe that the Romans used rock or stone pieces on top to mark their places…
Still other research dates a game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe back to Egypt in 1300 BC.
HOW did the game Tic-Tac-Toe get its name: Games similar to Tic-Tac-Toe have been played by kids for centuries, in every corner of the world. Some of these games used piece markers that made repetitive tick, tack sounds when placed on a slate game grid. Hence, tick-tack. Now that’s an interesting name origin!
Grab some scraps of paper today, pencil in your 3 x 3 grids and get your kids and grandkids in on this 3,000-year old pass time.
It’s all about the strategy, the fun… and quite a bit of learning.
And the best part is that Tic-Tac-Toe can be played anywhere!