Tic Tac Toe

tictactoeTic Tac Toe is a quick and fun way to review a number of grammar forms. I often use it to practise irregular forms of the past simple.

You need two teams of 1-4 to play this game, one team plays as Xs, the other as Os.

Draw a Tic Tac Toe grid on the board and write in each square one of the items to be reviewed.

Teams take it in turns to choose a square. After consulting with the team a player makes a sentence using the chosen word in the correct form. If the sentence is correct, place an X or O in the square depending on the team. If the sentence is wrong the square stays in play.

The winner is the team which manages to connect three Xs or Os in a row – either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.


Put one of the more challenging grammar items in the high value middle square.

Here are some of the grammar forms you can practice with this game:

  • Simple past irregular verbs

Write the infinitive form and students must make sentences using the past form.

  • Adverbs

Write the adjective form and students make sentences using an adverb.

Suggested words: hard,  easy, fast, good, bad, quick, angry, happy, normal

  • Verbs followed by infinitive or gerund

Write the verb, students make sentences using a second verb in the infinitive or gerund form.

Suggested words: enjoy, suggest, avoid, remember, start, ask, prepare, promise, forget (this website has a nice list)

You could also play this game using comparatives, phonetics, compound nouns, etc.

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