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10 Easy DIY Backyard Games


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Outdoor Tic-tac-toe
The beauty of tic-tac-toe is that you can set up a game anywhere and be playing in minutes.  © Education Images/UIG via Getty Images
The beauty of tic-tac-toe is that you can set up a game anywhere and be playing in minutes. © Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

A game of tic-tac-toe is played on a 3 by 3 grid; players take turns marking Xs or Os and the first player to get three consecutive marks -- in a straight line or diagonal -- wins the game. Games can be played anywhere, drawn on a piece of paper or even enjoyed outside as a garden game. Designing a tic-tac-toe board in your yard is as easy as choosing 9 flat, square tiles to use as the grid (while you could opt for stone you could also use flooring tiles, leftover wall tiles from a kitchen or bathroom remodel, or skip the stones altogether and cleverly cut your grass in a grid pattern). Markers -- you'll want to have five Xs and five Os -- could be stones (natural or hand painted by you), flowers or any other object you'd like that's outdoor friendly.