Tic Tac Toe Relay

  1. Cooperative Games
  • 6-10 Players

  • Grades 3-5

  • Bean Bags

  • 5-10 Minutes

This is a great game for active indoor and outdoor play. In this game, players work together to get three of their team’s markers in a row.


To have your team get 3 beanbags in your team’s color in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally).

Before You Start

Split students into two teams.

Set Up

  • Set up your Tic Tac Toe court. You can create a large, 3×3 grid using chalk, tape, or paint, or use 9 hula hoops arranged in 3 rows of 3.
  • Create a starting line/spot for each team.
  • Give each of the first 3 players in line for each team a beanbag. Each team should have a different color beanbag (example: Team A has blue beanbags and Team B has red beanbags).

How to Play

  • When the leader says “Go,” the first person from each team runs to the tic tac toe court and places their beanbag in one of the spaces on the court. 
  • After they place the beanbag, they race back to their team and high five the next player in line. 
  • The next player then runs to the court to place their beanbag in an open spot, then runs back and high fives the next player, who runs to place their beanbag.
  • If one team succeeds in placing 3 beanbags in a row, the game ends and the court resets to start a new round.
  • If neither team has succeeded in getting three beanbags in a row, the next players in line will run to the court and move one of their team’s beanbags to an empty spot on the tic tac toe court.
  • Continue until one of the teams succeeds in getting their 3 beanbags in a row.


  • Use a different way of moving rather than running, such as tiptoeing, skipping, or walking like a penguin.
  • Play in a classroom using a whiteboard and dry-erase markers for each team.