Are you looking for some fun things to do in the garden with your kids this summer? If you answered YES to that question, I have a super easy ‘garden’ game that is just for you. Introducing the DIY garden tic tac toe game we made this week.
We have a new obsession in our house….‘rock painting’. No trip to the beach now is complete, without bringing back a few new rocks to paint. We love rock painting! It’s so easy to do and it’s so much fun for my four year old. One thing I really love about it is that it’s not as as messy as you think (hooray) and the fun things that you can create are endless.
A few weeks ago we made some really sweet rocks to hide in our local area for other people to find (it’s a craze at the moment). You can read all about that here: Easy Rock Painting Activity For Kids
But this week we’ve turned a few of the smaller rocks we collected from the beach, into a fun garden game; tic tac toe.
If you love the sound of this and fancy doing a quick craft with your kids, I’ll share with you below the easy steps we took to create it.
DIY Garden Tic Tac Toe Game
Instead of painting traditional noughts and crosses we decided to do a ‘bug’ theme so that the game would look good as a feature in our garden. Evie decided she wanted one side to be ladybirds and I chose bees for the other side.
Acrylic Paint Pains
To paint our rocks we used acrylic paint pens. These are so much less messy than regular paint. In fact, they’re barely messy at all!
We grabbed ours acrylic paint pens off Amazon. They weren’t that expensive and we are already making good use of them with other fun craft projects.
These paint pens can be used on so many different things. You can decorate things such as ceramics and glass, rocks, flower pots and so much more with them. Well worth the investment!
To Make This Bug Tic Tac Toe Game You Will Need:
- 10 rocks of similar size
- Red, yellow, black and white acrylic paint pens
When you have everything you need simply put down some newspaper, wash and dry the rocks and then begin decorating with your acrylic pens.
For the ladybirds we coated the rocks fully in red and for the bees we coated them entirely in yellow. You’ll then need to leave them to dry for about ten minutes (these pens dry fast).
When they’re dry, you can paint a black head on both and then add in some black stripes on the bees and black dots on the ladybirds. When the black is dry (you have enough time to stop and eat an ice lolly or make a cup of tea while they’re drying), you can decorate them further by adding eyes, wings and patterns using the white pen.
Now your game is made!
A Game Board
When you’ve painted your rocks, you’ll need a game board. A few ideas we have seen include using a round piece of wood, or some old garden tiles. We actually just like drawing our game board with chalk so we can move the board around to any spot in the garden whenever we want to. It makes it more hand on and the game more interactive.
Evie is four and it took us a few goes for her to ‘get’ the game and understand what she needed to do. It’s such a great game for her to play with us or her friends while she’s out in the garden and you can also use the bugs for imaginative play too.
If you’re looking for a fun, but easy Summer craft project to do with your kids, give this a go! You don’t have to stick to ladybirds and bees though, you can make any designs you like. Other ideas we’ve seen are frogs and tadpoles and lions and mice.
I don’t think our ‘rock painting’ phase is over just yet. Next we’re going to be making Evie some fruits and vegetables to use in her outdoor play kitchen so keep your eyes peeled for that post!