A great way to encourage seniors and older adults to participate in social activities are to provide familiar games and tasks from their past. Tic-Tac-Toe is an excellent example of a familiar game that is also easy to direct with reminders on how to play.
Today's activity centers around St. Patrick's Day and can be a two-part activity: colouring and gameplay! The game itself can be played on a large surface like a table or a door. Providing opportunities for large-scale games is a great option for older adults and seniors with mobility concerns or vision challenges.
St. Patrick's Day Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Here's what you need:
Game Pieces (see images below)
Colouring pencils, paint or markers
Masking tape or ribbon to create a large "game board"
Tape or "sticky tac" to adhere pieces to the board
Download and print approx. 5 of each game piece below
Colour or paint each game piece for a personal touch. This is a great group activity!
Set up the game board by using tape or adhering ribbon to a door or table in the squared-off sections of a typical tic-tac-toe board.
In pairs, play a traditional game of tic-tac-toe by using the game pieces from step 1. Remember, the object of the game is to take turns and try to get three of your game pieces lined up in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally!
Reward the winner and participants with a St. Patty's day treat such as colourful cupcakes, chocolate "gold" coins or a tasty green smoothie or other beverages.
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