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Well, it is a snow day for the kids--10 inches. The neighbor was playing with his new snow blower so there is very little snow to shovel. I finished 2 quilts and needed something different to work on. I did not want to go anywhere--they are not yet plowing the side streets so driving is not exactly the safest thing to do.

I found some wood planks in my basement stash and decided to try to make a game for my brother's kids for Christmas.

I had a copy of this game in my classroom for years. The original had pieces that were actually X and O shaped beads. This was not something I was willing to try for. The last time I made one of these, I used large wooden beads as the markers--but I could not find them this time. I did find some wooden blocks (from teaching volume in geometry class) and some dowel rods. It actually took longer to find the supplies than it did to make the game.

The game is simple enough for a 6 year old and challenging enough for teens and adults. My son, then only 7, challenged my students when he came to the high school on take-your-child-to-work day. He played one young lady repeatedly until after about 20 tries, she finally beat him.

Step 1: Materials:

  • wood plank
  • dowel rods
  • wooden blocks (or beads)
  • drill press (or hand held drill)
  • saw (hand or power)
<p>Congratulations, this looks really interesting and sounds like a fun game. I'm definitively thinking about making it for game nights with my SO. ?</p><p>To avoid splintering when drilling the cubes, I'd try making a lead hole with a small bit before drilling the actual hole through them. ?✌️</p>
<p>It's kind of like a cross between connect four and Tic Tac Toe</p>
<p>Great idea, I once made a game similar to this.</p>
<p>WOW! simple but great! thanks for the ideas!</p>
I appreciate the compliment.
Wish I had found this before I finished my gifts for this year. Looking forward to making a few for next year! Thankees!
<p>Your welcome.</p><p>Do you have any ideas I might use? Keep in mind that I am a beginner when it comes to power tools. (The kind of scare me.)</p>

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