English grammar for kids: present simple tic-tac-toe games

how to play

This is a grid game adapted from Noughts and Crosses, designed for 2 players (or teams). Your aim is to make a line of three: horizontally, diagonally or vertically.

  • When you choose a square, you have to complete a task. For example, make a positive sentence: Top left: drink. He drinks milk.
  • If you are right, place your sun or cloud marker on the game board.
  • If you are wrong, it is the other team's turn.
  • The first team to make a line of three, wins the game.


  • Print out a game board and markers. Laminate for future use.
  • Cut out the individual markers (optional for the game, use buttons or pawns instead). Learn more how to prepare our one-sided cards (pdf).
  • Before playing the game revise or pre-teach the names of all the items on the game boards.

ideas for classroom games

  • Depending on your needs and goals, you can use our resources to play different games such as memory, matching or guessing games.
  • You are welcome to add your own ideas. For some suggestions, check out our 22 Flashcards Games handbook (pdf).

Flashcards and posters to teach present simple.

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