Doodle Tac-Toe: An Artsy Twist to a Classic Game!

My students and I LOVE drawing games! The same company that brought us Whatchmadrawit, now brings us Doodle Tac-Toe!  Instead of using the standard X’s and O’s, players are prompted to mark the grid with simple, creative doodles. In this way, students can practice mini drawings of everyday things. They can also see how others may interpret these simple drawing prompts.  One player’s flower may not look like another’s idea of a flower.


You can use Doodle Tac-Toe in so many ways!


1. Use it as a warm-up.
It never hurts to start an art class off with some doodling.  Get hands and imaginations warmed-up!

2. Play it as a ‘getting to know’ or social skills activity.
Help students break the ice with this fun, no-pressure game.  (They already know the rules!) Encourage them to observe how other students decide to draw familiar objects.  They can also work on strategy and sportsmanship.

3. Have it as a center rotation.
Students love rotating through centers.  Centers are also perfect sub plans!

4. Use it as an imagination booster.
You could challenge students to create their own doodle duels.  Or even turn it into an art history game like, Warhol soup cans versus Thiebaud cakes!

5. Add it to your extended art activities.
We always need art activities as our students complete their projects at different paces.  This is perfect!

Each box includes 50 duel suggestions, 2 colored pencils, and a tic-tac-toe pad.

I know I’ll use Doodle Tac-Toe for the activities above, but what are some other ideas you can think of?  Add yours in the comments below!


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Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek

Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek, an elementary school art educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She is passionate about teaching and reaching students through an innovative and meaningful arts education.

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