This week, I’ll be sharing Backyard Carnival games here at Frugal Fun for Boys!  (And you all know that I don’t mean Frugal Fun for *only* boys, right?  Just like to clarify that every now and then.)  These games will be things that you can do at home for a family fun night, or even use at your child’s school carnival.  I don’t know if this happens where you live, but every elementary school in our area seems to have some sort of fall carnival with games and prizes.

Backyard Carnival Games for Kids:  Sticky Tic Tac Toe

Today’s game is Sticky Tic Tac Toe!  Here’s a fun carnival game that is super simple to put together.  Toss ping pong balls at the tic tac toe board and they stick.

Backyard Carnival: Sticky Tic Tac Toe

The great thing about this game is that it works well for a large range of ages.

Backyard Carnival: Sticky Tic Tac Toe

To make this game you will need:

  • Foam Board
  • Felt – We used 6 sheets to cover our foam board
  • Duct Tape
  • Glue – We used Tacky Glue
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Peel and Stick Velcro

Cover your foam board with felt.  I used six strips and trimmed off the excess.

Sticky Tic Tac Toe

Then make the tic tac toe design with duct tape.  SUPER EASY.

Sticky Tic Tac Toe

Cut the peel and stick velcro into small pieces and stick velcro to each side of the ping pong balls.

Sticky Tic Tac Toe

And you’re ready to play!   We played this as a single person challenge rather than one player against another. Each player gets 3 balls to throw.  The object of the game is to get three balls in a row on the game board.

For younger kids:  Give them 4 or 5 balls so that they have more chances to get three in a row.

For older kids:  Make it a two player game!  Use colored ping pong balls (if you can find them) so that each player has their own color.  Or use Sharpie markers in different colors to label the balls for each player.  Then have players take turns tossing their balls just like it were a pencil and paper game of tic tac toe.

Backyard Carnival Games: Sticky Tic Tac Toe


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  1. Jenae Oct 5, 2015

    What a fun idea!!!

  2. Tisha Mondy Feb 1, 2016

    I am going to buy the stuff for this tomorrow so we can use it as a carnival game at the Boy Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet this weekend. Thanks for the awesome idea. I will continue to use it at home too as a fun time away from the electronics. :)

  3. Reba Shahan Jun 16, 2017

    What size foam board did you use? I ask, because the size I have will require more than 6 felt pieces.

  4. Marilyn May 10, 2020

    Amazing idea. I am going to buy the supplies for us to make with our 7 yr old grandson, he will enjoy helping to make the game and playing it. I also love that is compact to store when not in use. Thank you.


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