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Tic Tac Toe Challenge Puzzle

The Tic Tac Toe Challenge Puzzle asks “Can you place six X’s on a Tic Tac Toe board without making three-in-a-row in any direction?”

tic tac toe challenge puzzle

I ran across this puzzle several years ago. I typed it up along with a few other puzzles, and I named the file “Brain Teasers.” Then, I promptly forgot about the puzzle and file. I ran across the file yesterday while organizing my puzzles folder.

tic tac toe challenge puzzle

I originally typed up this tic tac toe challenge puzzle with the intention of using it on my puzzle table with laminated x pieces for students to place on the tic tac toe grid.

Tic Tac Toe Challenge Puzzle

Once COVID becomes something that we can read about in a history book, I will likely end up printing off this puzzle and laminating the pieces. But, since it’s 2021, I decided to take this puzzle and make a few digital versions to share.

Jumbo Magnetic Version of Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I decided this would make a great magnetic puzzle for my dry erase board if I made the pieces JUMBO sized. I was right! Students loved it. Some students even tried using it to play regular games of tic tac toe by having one student use a dry erase marker to draw the O’s.

I added disc magnets to the back of the laminated pieces to make it easy for students to place the pieces on the dry erase board while playing tic-tac-toe.


Tic Tac Toe Challenge – Jumbo Version (PDF) (245 downloads)


Tic Tac Toe Challenge – Jumbo Version (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (122 downloads)

Digital Versions of Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Jamboard

tic tac toe challenge puzzle

Link to make a copy of Tic Tac Toe Challenge Jamboard Version

Google Slides

tic tac toe challenge puzzle

Link to make a copy of Tic Tac Toe Challenge Google Slides Version

Want more puzzles? Check out my puzzles page!

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Sue Hellman

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Hi Sarah. I like the strategy behind this game so have expanded your Google Slide template to add slides for 9 questions & solutions. I've also added game play directions for students to play in pairs. Here's the link to my version of your game (credits in Speaker Notes) -- https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1GZ4MpukrvWmS-snW2A-44mXT4xkM1WAzP2Gfbu3_xRU/copy.

Sarah Carter

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Brilliant! I love this (especially the name you gave it). Thanks for sharing!