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Tic Tac Toe Relay


Physical: Run and carry, stop and go, balance, upper and lower limb coordination

Cognitive: Visual processing, selective attention, sustained attention

Social: Teamwork

Number of participants:

2 or more


  • 2 objects (5 of each)
  • masking tape or 9 hula hoops to make 3×3 grid


children compete as they:

  1. bring one object to the grid
  2. try to line 3 in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal)
  3. run back to get another object

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Children using wheelchairs can play by wheeling with the object in their lap.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: decrease the distance from start to grid to decrease physical demand

Change the task: cue the child on where in the grid to place an object to decrease cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase distance from start to grid to increase physical demand

Change the task: change means of travel from start to grid (e.g., running forwards, side-stepping to the right, side-stepping to the left, running backwards) to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • I will be able to race my friend by running back and forth without stopping for 4 out of 5 runs
  • I can place 3 objects in a row within the hoops