1. One magnetic cookie sheet (aluminum will not work)
  2. Assorted small kitchen magnets
  3. Colored tape (an inch wide or thinner)
  4. Score pad (or piece of paper) and pen (optional)
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1. Create your backseat board. Gather 10 magnets, 5 per person (if you can get magnets that are similar to one another in color, size, shape, that will help in defining whose magnets are on the board).
2. Create your tic-tac-toe board. Take 4 strips of tape, as long as the width of the back of the cookie sheet (meaning the short side of the cookie sheet's back). Lay out the tape into your basic tic-tac-toe board: two strips lined up vertically 3 inches apart, two strips laying horizontal (like train tracks) 3 inches from the top and bottom of the horizontal strip tops and bottoms, so that you form a 3 inch (or thereabouts, depending on the width of your tape) square in the middle of 8 open ended squares.
3. Place 5 magnets on either side of the tic-tac-toe board.

How to Play: 

The object of the game is for players to take turns, one after the other, placing their magnets, one at a time, in the boxes until one person gets three of their magnets in a row.
1. Player number 1 takes a magnet and places it in one of the 9 "boxes" on the playing board.
2. Player number 2 follows suit.
3. Play continues like this until one person gets 3 in a row, either up and down, side to side, or diagonally.
4. The player who gets 3 in a row, wins a point. Record their score on score sheet.
5. Play as many rounds as you like!


1. Fill the whole board with magnets and play in reverse, with players removing magnets and trying to reveal 3 in a row without magnets on the board.


1. If your magnets all look the same, try placing colored tape on one set, so that players can distinguish one set from the other.
2. Test to be sure that your cookie sheet is magnetic before creating your board.
3. When done playing, remove the tape before returning it to your cupboard; no one wants tape smell filling the kitchen when you are making cookies!

Activity Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor: 
Clean and tidy
Noise Level: 
Number of Players: 
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
Space Needed: 
Small (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage)
Team Division: 
Every man for himself (individual players)