Five minutes to fill? Push the desks to the side, find 9 chairs and 10 players, and play People Tic-Tac-Toe!
1. Set up nine chairs in 3 rows with 3 chairs in each row.
2. Divide your group into 2 equal teams, ideally with at least 5 players on each team. Then have the teams stand on opposite sides of the chairs.
3. Each player on a team gets a number (or color or animal or food or musical instrument). Give those same numbers to the other team players. There should be, for example, two 1’s, two 2’s, two 3’s, etc., one from each team.
4. Ready? Call out a number.
5. The two players with that number quickly sit down in any available seat. After they’ve found a seat, call out another number. Those two students quickly sit down in available seats.
6. Repeat, calling out numbers, until three teammates are sitting three-in-a-row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically. It’s a tie if neither team sits three-in-a-row.
a) Help distinguish the teams. All players from one team must do a silly gesture when they sit down. The other team must do a different gesture.
b) Instead of chairs, tape a tic-tac-toe grid on the floor. Players stand on the open squares.
c) If two players want to sit in the same seat, a quick round of Rock, Scissors, Paper will decide the winner.
For homework, ask all your international friends what they call tic-tac-toe in their country. The Dutch call it Boter, Kaas en Eieren (butter, cheese, and eggs).
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