DIY Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Fun

Make this DIY Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Game for outdoor fun this summer! 

Here is a project where kids can get creative and paint their own Tic Tac Toe set! Tic Tac Toe is a great strategy and sportsmanship game that is fun for all ages!


Supplies Needed:

  • 10 Smooth rocks (about the size of a golf ball)
  • Craft Paint (any paint will work)
  • 2- 1″ foam paint brushes
  • 1 Small flat paint brush
  • Outdoor Chalk



Step 1: Get Outside and Look for Rocks!

This is a great opportunity for an outdoor adventure with your kids. Take them on your favorite hiking path or just for a nice walk. Don’t forget a reusable bag or backpack to store your rocks! You will need about 10 smooth river rocks, even better if you can find them all around the same size.

Step 2: Wash and Dry Your Rocks

We recommend washing and drying your rocks even if they look clean. The paint will stick better to a clean surface and not peel.

Step 3: Paint Your Rocks

Using a foam brush, paint five of your rocks one color using one of your foam brushes and let them dry thoroughly. If you are outside on a hot day it will dry extremely fast. Don’t throw out that foam brush. Place in a place grocery bag and wrap up. You will need it to apply a second coat. Now repeat with the other color.

Let them all dry thoroughly and then apply a second coat!

Step 4: Paint the Xs and Os on Your Rocks

Now use your small flat brush and paint all of the first color rocks with an “X” and all of your second color rocks with an “O” and let dry.

Step 5: Draw your Board

Once your rocks are dry, grab your chalk and draw a tic tac toe board on the ground.

Step 6: Enjoy a Game of Rock Tic Tac Toe!