Exploding Tic Tac Toe Cooperative Races

We are well into summer which means the regular kind of cool activities are no longer cutting it.  I’m having to up my game.

A few years ago I did a bunch of activities featuring water and I thought I wanted to do more like that.  Well, the activity morphed beyond water play, but it is how it started.

So I wanted something where they could run, work together, and it had to be FUN.  It would take me quite awhile to piece together how this came about because it was not smooth at all.  But it was totally worth it.

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Cooperative Races.

 

I bought a bunch of cheap throwaway bowls.  First I added 10 drops of food coloring in the bottom of 9 bowls (10 was plenty!  5 would have worked, I’m sure).  I did 5 pinkish and 4 bluish.  Then I covered the food coloring with baking soda (Missed a bit on this one, but the rest you couldn’t tell what color it was)
Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

Next we set them up in 3 rows of 3.  They were set out at random and no one knew what color was where.  We filled up two water bottles with vinegar (We used ones with a nice little spout so we could shoot the vinegar, not just pour)

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

Getting ready.  I wanted them to run back and forth.  Royal and Logi-Bear ended up over on this side but they were keeping the dogs out of the baking soda.

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

And go!  I had them choose a bowl before they ran over (to prevent them from just picking the right colors).  The goal was to get a tic tac toe in as few turns as possible.  I didn’t want them rooting for one color over another and then competing instead of cooperating.

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

There was a very satisfying volcano of color after every turn.

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

In the end, purple won it!!  We did end up exploding the rest of the bowls and it turns out blue never could have won.  Whoops!  I think next time I will make sure there is a possibility for both colors to win.

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

The boys loved this activity and it got them moving for a bit.

 

For more great summer activity ideas, check out these posts:

Flower Suncatcher

Build a Bee Bath

Water Play Car Wash

Recycled Bag Wind Sock

25 Beach Crafts for Kids

Exploding Tic Tac Toe Races for cooperative play.

 

 

 

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