Playing in the dark is tons of fun with the right game.  We have played flashlight games and learned in the dark.  Today we are playing in the dark with tic-tac-toe here at Kids Activities Blog.

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Playing in the Dark Game

Tic-Tac-Glow  game was born on a rare, rainy day.   We closed the blinds in the middle of the day and we were thrilled to find that it was dark enough for us to use our glow sticks.   Our tiled kitchen floor turned into a Tic-Tac-Glow board and we were entertained for the rest of the afternoon!

Related: Making Our Own Glow Stick 

To Make the Tic-Tac-Glow Game:

  • 20 Glow Sticks
  • Your kitchen floor! (If you don’t have tiles, you could use tape or more glow sticks to make the board)

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We connected two glow sticks together to make large circles for the “O’s.”   As for the “X’s,” we just crossed the glow sticks as we played the game.   You need a total of 5 “X’s” and five “O’s” to fill the board, so make sure to buy enough glow sticks!

**Tip:   Be sure to check your local Michael’s (if you have one).   They’ve sold a can of 12 glow sticks for one dollar for a few months now where I live.

How to Play the Game

Explaining Tic-Tac-Glow to my preschooler was easier than I thought.   She ran towards the glow sticks and she couldn’t wait to start playing (that can be half the battle sometimes!).   Then, I told her that Tic-Tac-Glow is a game about taking turns and getting three shapes in a row.     This is how the game went:

My Eager Preschooler (MEP): Mom, I’ll put a circle here…and, here….and, oh!   Right here, too!!

This sometimes patient Mama (TSPM): Oh, that looks lovely, but remember this is a game about taking turns, right?   You go first, then me.

MEP: (Places circle down) Okay, I won!

TSPM: Not quite yet, remember, you need to get three circles in a row. (I place my X)

MEP: (She places an O)

TSPM: (I place an X)

MEP: (She places an O off the grid….)

TSPM: Remember, the game has to stay inside these squares, right?

MEP: (She moves it back on the board)   Three in a row, Mom!   I DID it!!!

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And, guess what?

She actually DID win!

Then, we switched and she loved getting to form the X’s from two glow sticks.   Not only was it a beautiful, glow in the dark game, but it was also a test of patience (for both of us!) and of listening skills.   I wonder how Tic-Tac-Glow will go over in your house?

If you love playing in the dark, you will adore our DIY glow-in-the-dark cards.

Play hide and seek with these glow in the dark fireflies!

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