Tic Tac Toe

Game Rules

Player throws thee balls, trying to get all in a row or diagonally.

Game Description

This is one of the most popular classic carnival games.
It’s also one of the most difficult to build.
The game is built primarily from 1/2″ plywood.
The base is built from 3/4″ plywood, and measures 25″ x 18″.
The sides are built from 1/2″ plywood, and measure 26″ long x 16″ high. You’ll notice from the pictures and video that the top corners of the sides are rounded.
The back is 1/2″ plywood, measuring 18″ wide x 16″ high.
The front board is also 1/2″ plywood, and measures 18″ wide x 8″ high.
You’ll have to refer to the pictures for the following measurements.
The inside consists of a green outer border, a blue inner border, and the nine holes.
The green outer border is comprised of four boards, all of which are 1/2″ plywood. The back measures 18″ x 5.5″. The two green side boards measure 25″ x 2.5″, and the front green board measures 18″ x 2.5″. All of the green boards are on a slight inward slant, to enable the ball to land in one of the holes.
The blue interior border consists of one board, with a hole cut out for the boxes. This board is also 1/2″ plywood. The outside measurements are 17.5″ x 14.5″ and the inside measurements are 12.5″ x 12.5″.
The 9 individual holes/boxes are 3.5″ deep, and measure 4″ x 4″.
The boxes are made from 1/4″ plywood, and the 4 lengthwise boards all measure 12.5″ long and 3.5″ deep. The front and back part of the boxes also measure 12.5″ x 3.5″.
The 6 interior pieces all measure 4″ x 3.5″. These will need to be glued in or attached with smaller nails.
The lettering with the name of the game “Tic Tac Toe” is 1.5″ high.
We have found that softball-sized wiffle balls seem to work best for this game.

Material List

  • One 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood
  • One 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • One 2′ x 2′ sheet or 1/4″ plywood
  • One package of decals with letters that are 1.5″
  • Paint as needed
  • 3 softball-sized wiffle balls


Carnival Games

Hey Jack, Thanks so much.

My 7 year old daughter just climbed on my lap and we watched some of your videos together.

There are some games I know I could do in time for my son's birthday.

Love it!

Jill M