Tic Tac Toe Cookie | Play It Forward Therapy

Tic Tac Toe Cookie


February 10, 2020

The taste of sweet success doesn’t get any better after winning a game of Valentine Tic Tac Toe.  In fact, win or lose, nothing beats a board game that you can eat!

Kids will love playing tic tac toe while improving their fine motor coordination, direction following and kitchen skills.  As a therapist I love the fine motor coordination, sustained attention and social skills practice this cookie board game provides.

Make it ahead of time to let the frosting set.  Play the game later and have fun sharing with a friend.

There are endless ways to create an edible tic tac toe board.  Here are some other ideas to try out your luck at winning and perhaps trying some new foods!

  • Cut the crusts off a piece of bread,  Set aside. Use a peanut butter or sun butter to spread on the bread or toast it first.  Use the remaining crust to create the tic tac toe board.  Using slices of bananas or other fruits such as blue berries as your game pieces.

1. Here’s what you’ll need

  • 1 Square graham cracker
  • 4 Pretzel sticks
  • White Frosting
  • Candy hearts.  Chose 2 different colors.  You will need  3-5 of each color.
  • Tools:  Dull knife or spreader (great for little hands)

2. Write out the recipe

Write out the recipe by copying a visual model like the ones shown here.

3.  Make it!

  1. Spread the frosting on top of the graham cracker.
2.  Place two pretzel sticks vertically, leaving enough space for your candy game pieces to fit in between.
3.  Spread a small amount of frosting on the length of the pretzel stick.
4.  Lay across and repeat with the second pretzel stick.

4. Enjoy your game!


Skills Addressed

  • Fine motor: Use your “Pincher Fingers”. Encourage your child to pick up the candy heart pieces by isolating the thumb and index finger, while keeping the other fingers curled in against the palm of their hand.  This promotes development of the arches of the hand and precision grasp.
  • Utensil use:  Spreading the frosting is great practice and will come in handy when it’s time to pack sandwiches for lunch!

To increase the challenge

  • Use small tongs or kid chopsticks to place the game pieces on instead of your fingers
  • Lie down on your tummy and support yourself on your elbows while playing on the floor.  Don’t forge to put our game on a plate!

Other modifications

  • Swap out the game pieces for small pieces of fruit such as blue berries or pieces of cereal.
  • Replace the frosting with cream cheese or another type of spread.
  • Consider subbing ingredients to make it dairy and gluten free.
  • Use this as feeding therapy game, experimenting with different textures to touch and play with (e.g. dry cereal, blue berries, veggies etc.)

Now it’s probably time to burn off some energy with a ride through the Valentine Car Wash or Laser Maze Obstacle Course.


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