3 in a Row Game for Kids
Kiddo and I have been playing Tapatan, a three in a row game from the Philippines. It’s easy to learn how to play this strategic game for kids (and grown-ups!) and although it looks similar to tic-tac-toe, it is more fun. You can even cobble together a DIY version when you are on the go and need a quick distraction. I would recommend this game for ages 5 and up, but New Kid, who just turned 4 understands the rules and loves to play with me. (Although his game play is not sophisticated enough for his 8 year old brother to tolerate. Sigh.)
Game Set Up:
Create a game board on a 6 inch square with bisecting lines as shown in the photo above.
Each player gets 3 counters (fig. 1). You can use coins, beads or pieces from other games (we used backgammon tokens).
Object of the Game:
To be the first player to get all of your tokens in a row. A row can be made horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
- Players take turns placing a counter on a point (in fig. 2-4, red had the first move) until all counters have been played.
- Once all counters are on the board, players take turns moving their counters from point to point in an attempt to get 3 in a row.
- No jumping is allowed. Counters can only move to adjacent, empty points.
- If the same 3 moves are repeated at least twice, a stalemate has been achieved and there is no winner.
Long-time readers of this blog (you’re the best!) know that I rarely take the time to make my DIY crafts beautiful but our original Tapatan game made on a sheet of paper started to become riddled with greasy fingerprints. So I took 10 precious minutes to make a sturdy version. And being the crafty lady that I am (not), I used sophisticated art materials like a Sharpie, a glue stick and cardboard.
Hey, I’m just saying it like it is.
What do you think, will you try this? Or maybe one of our other favorite math games?